Reminder: Deadline to comment on applications for KM's potential customers
May 5: 5:00 pm
Deadline to Comment on National Grid and Columbia Gas' Contract Applications with the Mass. Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU)
Stopping these applications could possibly stop the pipeline in its tracks by undercutting its commercial viability, long before FERC and Eminent Domain ever become an issue! If Kinder Morgan does not receive state approval for each of these contracts, it should be very difficult for them to proceed with the project. So far, PLAN-NE's technical review suggests that "need" is seriously overstated.
After some questions popped up on the proper ways to file comments with the Mass. Dept. of Public, Katy called the hearing officer directly to make sure.
You do NOT need to mail paper copies of your comments. Email to email@example.com and to her (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be adequate to get your comments filed.
Get the details and talking points to help you comment by email and/or participate directly in the hearings for these precedent agreement applications.
• Columbia Gas & National Grid
Comment Deadline, May 5; Hearing May 7 at the DPU in Boston
• Berkshire Gas
Comment Deadline, May 22; Hearing May 26 at the DPU in Boston
It is best if your comments are sent separately for each docket. She asked that you also send the comments to the attorney for the companies --
for National Grid (#15-34): email@example.com
for Columbia Gas (#15-39): firstname.lastname@example.org
for Berkshire Gas (#15-48): email@example.com
For all three, it's recommended to also copy Assistant Attorney General firstname.lastname@example.org and your legislators. You can find contact information for your legislators by visiting https://malegislature.gov and plugging in your zip code in the top section of the page labeled “People: Find a Legislator”.
REQUESTING EXTRA HEARINGS
Many of the customers affected by these applications for contracts with KM (precedent agreements), are in the western parts of the state. Please contact your State Sen. and Rep today to ask them to request further hearings on the application Dockets to be held in western Massachusetts (Northampton, Greenfield, Pittsfield), not just in Boston.
You can find contact information for your legislators by visiting https://malegislature.gov and plugging in your zip code in the top section of the page labeled “People: Find a Legislator”.
We also recommend that anyone who possibly can get to Boston on Thursday, May 7th for the National Grid and Columbia Gas initial hearing should go. It will be held at 2:15 PM, May 7th, at the DPU offices, One South Station, Boston.
You can also help fight the new proposal put forward by the Baker Administration and MA Department of Energy Resources, which could make electric ratepayers pay for pipeline expansion.
This docket consists entirely of questions on how to expand natural gas capacity (based on the initial filing by Governor Baker's Dept. of Energy Resources) This docket does not discuss any alternatives to solving peak demand problems through further implementation of energy efficiency programs, use of clean energy solutions or alternative gas-based solutions such as LNG storage for peak demand.
• Comment Deadline May 26; no hearing date set yet.
» See our Act Now page to learn how to participate in all these proceedings
Your submitted comments and/or participation in the hearings need not be technical or complex to be effective!
Help PLAN - NE Intervene
Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc. (PLAN-NE) is engaging as a legal intervenor in these regulatory proceedings to challenge the gas companies' contracts. If you're able, please consider contributing to this effort. There is a chance for a matching grant of $10,000 to help us in this fight if we can raise that amount by Mother's Day (May 10th).
» Visit PLAN-NE.org to Donate
Many thanks to those who have already contributed!
Help Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc. (PLAN-NE)’s Intervenor Status by becoming a member
In order to strengthen the position of the PLAN-NE as an intervenor in these proceedings, they want as many members as possible. They will not need to disclose your identity, but it is important that they will be able to attest to the fact that they have ratepayers and affected landowners among their membership. While there is not a minimum financial contribution required to become a member, they do need funding to proceed.
*Please become a member of PLAN-NE today by filling out this form!
TUESDAY — MAY 5, 2015 — SCHODACK, NY
— Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline Public Forum on a Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Rensselaer County, NY. Come and find out aboutthe proposed pipeline’s potential environmental impacts, health &safety concerns, economic loss and learn more about the rights of individualsand communities. The public is invited, parking & event are free. Watch a detailed Power Point presentation about a proposed high pressure fracked gas pipeline and compressor station to be primarily routed along existing power lines in thetowns of Schodack, Nassau and Stephentown in Rensselaer County. Also, a special guest will show an outstanding video about compressor stations along with having a “Q&A” session. Since the powerlines and pipeline route would be “co-located”, this creates a potentiallydangerous mix for Rensselaer County citizens in addition to restrictions onproperty use among other things. All information provided by members of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline.
Lisa Zimmerman: email@example.com or
Bob Connors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maple Hill High School
1216 Maple Hill Rd
SATURDAY — MAY 9, 2015 — MONADNOCK REGION, NH
SUNDAY — MAY 10, 2015 — MONTAGUE PLAINS
— Hike in Montague Plains area with Naturalist Josh Rose. This hike will take place on the Montague Plains where proposed pipeline could pass through if approved by FERC. This is one of several spring hikes on the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan/TGP 36” pipeline project. Josh will lead the hike exploring wildlife and biodiversity. Sponsored by MAP (Montague Against Pipeline), NQPA and The Enviro Show.
Directions: Follow Lake Pleasant Rd. from Turners Fall Road (across from airport) for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto the dirt road and follow to Mohawk Ramblers Motorcycle Clubhouse (Bartlett Road). There is parking there. Meet at 9:00 a.m. to begin hike.
WEDNESDAY — MAY 13, 2015 — OLD DEERFIELD, MA
— “Why the Pipeline Is Bad for Massachusetts”. Hattie Nestel of Athol and David Keith of Deerfield will address the question “Why the Pipeline Is Bad for Massachusetts” during a presentation. The presenters said they will assess the dangers of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct Pipeline. Nestel will discuss compressor stations that are part of the proposed pipeline installation. Keith will explain why he thinks gas transported by the proposed pipeline will not address Massachusetts energy needs and summarize several law suits pending by the Town of Deerfield against pipeline developers. Historic Deerfield will host the presentation.
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Deerfield Community Center
16 Old Main Street
Old Deerfield, MA
More upcoming events on our site
• Get the latest on Beyond Extreme Energy's FERC Action coming up at the end of May!
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