Rally to Stop the Pipeline

Boston Common
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opposite the State House
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Speakers to include landowners Ben Clark and Jim Cutler, legislators Andrews, Kulik and Harrington, Leigh Youngblood of Mt. Grace Conservation Trust, Atty. Shanna Cleveland of Conservation Law Foundation, Rose Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass, Bruce Winn of BEAT, music including The Fracked Gas Bomb Jazz Band.

Buses and carpools being planned.
Visit the Rally Page to plug in to transportation organizers or to use the online carpooling app.


Key Elected Officials Lending Support
Read Rep. Jim McGovern's statement to be read at the rally
Joint statement from State Sen. Downing and western Mass. State Reps.

Local legislators say no to
Kinder Morgan pipeline project

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff, 07/27/2014

A group of local and regional lawmakers has gone on record as formally opposing a proposed gas pipeline Kinder Morgan seeks to build across northern Massachusetts.

In a statement released Friday, the lawmakers base their opposition on "environmental, economic, public safety and public health" concerns. It follows dozens of meetings around Massachusetts and in Boston -- with utility companies, Kinder Morgan representatives and constituents -- attended by each of these lawmakers.

Their conclusion?
The proposal "is not in the public interest" and "we can and should do better," according to state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, was not named in the statement. She could not be reached for comment.

The slow evolution of opinion
A recent radio show appearance with Gov. Patrick, where he shares skepticism over the project for the first time, but dismisses it as a proposal (calling it an "idea") and the state's ability to do anything about it. He says it's less and less likely that it was become a reality because of public opposition, but seems to still dismiss its importance until the proposal is filed with FERC.
Question & Comment at 48:10

FRCOG and Franklin Regional Planning Board
ask KM the hard questions

Greenfield Community TV just posted the large meeting between the Franklin Regional Council of Governments & Franklin Regional Planning Commission with Kinder Morgan executives.

Advice from a fellow property owner
Good Afternoon,
At this time I would encourage you all to reach out to your Kinder Morgan Land Agent.
I approached Mike Lennon and Steve Martin (the Winchendon area Agents) after the Royalston BOS meeting on Tuesday night and mentioned that this process has not been near the transparent process that FERC states.  He acted surprised stating that they have provided all landowners with tax maps with the pipeline detailed on it. I told them that no, I had not received a map of my property with the pipeline detailed nor had any other landowner in the room or the town.  They were skeptical of my response but promised to email me my map.

I did receive a copy of my map on Wednesday.

Contact your agent, they should email it right out to you.
I would love to hear how many of you have success!
Maybe we can piece it all together.

Best wishes~
M.J. Galat, affected property owner in Winchendon

Contact information for your Land Agents should be on any paperwork you have received from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.  If you're not sure, you can contact Jim Hartman, lead Right of Way Agent by EMAIL, or call or write the regional office at:
Kinder Morgan
8 Anngina Dr.,
Enfield, CT 06082


— Pipeline Presentation to Pittsfield Public Health and Safety Committee by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and No Fracked Gas in Mass (NFGiM).
7:00 PM
City Council Chambers
Pittsfield City Hall
70 Allen St, Pittsfield, MA

— Legal Advice for Homeowners Against the Pipeline. Join Attorney Michael Aleo for a Presentation and Discussion
    •    overview of the process – state/federal
    •    what are the legal steps
    •    getting prepared
    •    expected time line
    •    opposing an applicant to the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
Please bring your own chair. Whether you are on or near the proposed route, or just want to be informed…all are welcome. Free and Open to the Public
Silver Maple Farm Community Room
Red Barn Rd, Dalton

— Townsend’s Special Town Meeting is scheduled to vote on the Non-Binding Resolution Opposing TGP’s Northeast Expansion.
7:00 PM
Hawthorne Brook Middle School

— TOWN PICNIC - As part of the “Stop the Pipeline” effort and the visit of the Climate Summer Riders, we are planning a Town Picnic to welcome the five college students who have been bicycling their way along the pipeline route all summer. The Climate Summer Riders, part of the Better Futures Project, have been working hard all summer to educate people about climate change and the issues surrounding the proposed pipeline. It will also give us an opportunity to share updates on the efforts to stop the pipeline.
What we would like to do is have a POTLUCK town picnic. If each family could bring a favorite dish to share, we can gather as a community, enjoy music and a meal, and then welcome the Climate Summer Riders to our town. Although there are picnic tables on the Common, you may want to bring a blanket to sit on. Also, please bring your own dishes and silverware. If it rains, we’ll gather in Memorial Hall.
5:30 PM
Townsend Common
Townsend, MA

— Local lawmakers and the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding a regional forum for affected communities in Middlesex and Worcester counties to discuss the proposed Northeast gas pipeline expansion project.
Representatives Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg, Sheila Harrington, R-Groton, Stephen DiNatale, D-Fitchburg, and Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster, will join chamber representatives.
7:00 pm
Lunenburg High School
Lunenburg, MA


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