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New Preferred Route Maps
on No Fracked Gas in Mass
2nd Version of Resource Report 1 – Dec. 8, 2014
On December 8, 2014, Kinder Morgan filed this revised Resource Report 1 – Project Description. The maps in this segment are VERY large – allow time for the PDFs to load.
MA & NH towns affected by the new pipeline route submitted on Dec. 8, 2014. Map by citizen map maker Russ Gaulin, based on Kinder Morgan documents. Click to see larger version.
This new route has two primary changes from the first Resource Report 1, filed on 11/4/14. It now follows the NY Utility Corridor* through Rensselaer County, NY and through the Berkshire Co. towns of Hancock, Lanesborough and Cheshire before joining with the previous route in Dalton. And at Northfield, MA, it swings north into New Hampshire, crossing through 14 towns before re-entering Massachusetts at Dracut. From Dracut, lateral pipelines still extend east, and the Fitchburg lateral is still slated to enter Massachusetts between Ashby and Townsend, extending down between Lunenberg and Fitchburg.
Fitchburg lateral - click here to view interactive Google Map of the pipeline route from the Hudson River to the eastern end.
Despite extensive press releases that this new route "spares Western Massachusetts", it's actually just as impactful to Western Mass as ever, and now has New Hampshire leaping into action. Activists there started working against the pipeline in Hollis when the original pipeline route was scheduled to go through Hollis, NH. The New Hampshire Pipeline Awareness website has since expanded to address the needs of the wider southern New Hampshire region. Towns up there are finding that no longer affected towns to the south are great allies and they are leaping into action. There are various Facebook Groups where news is shared regularly.
FracTracker developed an interactive map that allows you to zoom in and click on individual points for more information. Click here to visit the interactive map
The initial Resource Report 10 – Alternate Routes, filed on 11/4/14 have not be revised and still stand on record as alternate options.
The new route also has new likely locations for compressor stations. They've added an additional one, but lowered the horsepower of several of them. The overall horsepower used for compression is slightly lower, using a combination of Titan 250 and Titan 130 gas engines.
The locations and sizes are:
Shadock/Nassau, NY - (#35 on project map) - 90,000 horsepower
Windsor, MA - (#36 on project map) - 80,000 horsepower
Northfield, MA - (#37 on project map) - 80,000 horsepower
Mason, NH - (#38 on project map) - 80,000 horsepower
Dracut, MA - (#39 on project map) - 23,000 horsepower
The estimated acreage for these is 20 acres during construction, 10 acres permanent. These schedules are on pages 1-25 through 1-28 of the project description.
» See the full resource map, showing location of compressor and metering stations and other components.
I'm also creating composites of Kinder Morgan's maps, showing the range of possible Compresor Station locations in each town. Rensseler Co., NY, Windsor and Northfield, MA maps are completed. Mason and Dracut are currently underdevelopment and will be on this page soon!
USING THE FERC WEBSITE
All documents filed for Northeast Energy Direct pipeline are available on FERC's website under Docket Number #PF14-22. This includes all comments by all parties, which are proving to be numerous. We highly recommend registering and subscribing to the docket.
The easiest way to comment on the Northeast Energy Direct project is to use FERC's eComments. Visit this page and fill out the request. They will send an email with a link. Click the link and enter your comment. These are text-only, limited to 6,000 characters and no attachments, but that is plenty to make a basic statement.
If you'd like to send a longer comment, something on official letterhead, or to send attachmed documents, you will need to Register and file a document.
These comment processes are for anyone, not just directly affected landowners or stakeholders. Hundreds of people have already commented on this project with everything from well researched arguments against it's premise to short, heartfelt statements. If you're not sure where to start, check out our statements on why this pipeline is not needed, but please make your comments your own!
Major documents filed by Kinder Morgan / TGP to the docket will also be kept on No Fracked Gas in Mass's page for the NED pipeline proposal.
Hold That Thought:
Low Demand Study release delayed
The Low Demand Study being conducted by the Dept. of Energy Resources has gone on an epic journey and has yet to be released. It fell of schedule between the second and third stakeholder meetings and has yet to be released.
Even before its release, a state-commissioned study on the need for additional gas pipeline capacity is being hailed by pipeline proponents and attacked by groups opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project.
The “low-demand analysis” by Synapse Energy Economics was commissioned by the outgoing administration of Gov. Deval Patrick after pipeline opponents in June questioned New-England-wide data backing the need for additional gas pipelines.
Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MassPLAN), No Fracked Gas in Mass and Boston-based Acadia Center say the study’s final tone has changed dramatically from this fall.
What was ultimately presented at a Dec. 18 meeting of stakeholders in the process “did not take the shape of the study that stakeholders had seen taking form during the development of the request for proposals and the previous stakeholder sessions,” said Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass. “As one of the five who originally met with the governor to request this study, the differences were stark and disappointing. The final models used for the study, which were refined during the period of time when public participation was postponed, have many assumptions that are simply not rooted in the real world. Collectively, they render the study useless to anyone looking to this report for energy policy development and useless to the people of Massachusetts.”
In her comments to the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wessel complained that none of the models used in the analysis comply with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, and that building more pipeline would pull the state ...
RELEASE OF STUDY DELAYED
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Energy analyst Dr. Denis Eklof, attendee at all the Low Demand Study Stakeholder Meetings, found as early as October that key calculations of the cost of renewables were inflated by a factor of as much as 70, contributing to the extremely high cost estimates. Although he brought these to the attention of the Study team at that time, no consideration of his observations were taken into account before the December 18th meeting. He notified the Study team again and received word that they would investigate this discrepancy further. Due to a high volume of stakeholder comments from the public, the release of the study has been delayed. The public are directed to check back with the Synapse web page for the study for further news on when the study will be completed and released. There has been no definitely date given yet for the final release of the study.
Visit our Upcoming Events Page
for the latest meetings, presentations and actions
MONDAY — JANUARY 5, 2015 — RICHMOND, NH
— TOWN HALL MEETING WITH SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE
Everyone available should attend! U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte will speak and take questions at a town hall meeting in Richmond, NH
- Doors open at 2:00. Meeting begins at 2:30.
- Wear your T-shirts, bring your signs!
- Come prepared with questions about the KM fracked gas pipeline! (She opposes the Northern Pass. We need her support on the pipeline!)
MONDAY — JANUARY 5, 2015 — MILFORD, NH
— Kinder Morgan representatives will present their updated proposed NED pipeline project. There will be opportunity for residents to ask questions and voice concerns.
Milford Town Hall
1 Union Sq,
Milford, New Hampshire
SATURDAY — JANUARY 10, 2015 — CUMMINGTON, MA
—Presentation of Compressor Station Video "You Don't Hear Much About THIS" - A documentary describing what it means when a compressor station becomes your neighbor. All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Windsor can impact a community and what can be done to stop it!
Cummington Community House
Main St., Cummington, MA
SATURDAY — JANUARY 10, 2015 — NASSAU, NY
— Public Forum on Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Rensselaer County, NY. Becky Meier a co-founder of “Stop NY Fracked GasPipeline” will narrate a Power Point Presentation about a proposed high-pressure fracked gas pipeline/compressor station in Rensselaer County to be routed along the powerlines.The environmental impact, health and safety concerns, and therights of communities will be discussed. The proposed pipeline and compressor station would affect thetowns of Schodack, Nassau, andStephentown, NY, and continue into Hancock, MA. Parking and event itself are free of charge.
St. Mary’s Church
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/stopnyfrackedgaspipeline
Contact: John Serio: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Sandy Nathan: email@example.com
Sponsored by: Stop NYFracked Gas Pipeline
Robert Connors, Canaan, NY 12029 firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY — JANUARY 15, 2015 — LANESBOROUGH, MA
— PRESENTATION about the PROPOSED GAS PIPELINE - WHAT IS IT? HOW ARE YOU AFFECTED? WHAT CAN YOU DO?. Open to the public, hosted by Citizens of Lanesborough with special invitation to Citizens of Hancock and Cheshire. SPEAKERS: Jane Winn – Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Rose Wessel – NoFrackedGasInMass.org. (Kinder Morgan Reps – Invited).
Lanesborough Community Room, Town Hall
83 N. Main St.
*PARKING IS LIMITED – PLEASE TRY TO CARPOOL *
TUESDAY — JANUARY 20, 2015 — BOSTON, MA
— Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Meeting:
Special Meeting for Public Comments on 2016-18 Plan
» Meeting Notice / Description
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Conference Rooms C and D
100 Cambridge Street, Floor 2,
FRIDAY — JANUARY 23, 2015 — WILLIAMSTOWN, MA
—"Log Lunch" Discussion on the pipeline - Guest speakers Jane Winn of BEAT and Rosemary Wessel of NFGiM will be speaking about the Kinder Morgan Pipeline at Williams College.
Discussion Free — Vegetarian lunch, $4.00
Dodd Dining Hall
SATURDAY — JANUARY 24, 2015 — DALTON, MA
— Video Screening, Rally and Publication Information Session on the Pipeline. A whole day of informational events!
10:30-11:15 Stephen Wicks film on compressor stations
11:15-noon "What you can do presentation"
Noon- 1:00 PM picture will be taken of people holding signs outside the American Legion for media publications
1:00-3:00 Rose and Jane Pipeline presentation followed by Q&A
American Legion Hall
Rte. 9, Dalton
SATURDAY — JANUARY 31, 2015 — PITTSFIELD, MA
— Public Information Session on the Pipeline. Speakers Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Rose Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass (more details to come).
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Italian American Lodge
93 Waubeek Rd. (on Pontoosuc Lake)
A special thank you
to all our donors who participated in Valley Gives Day, our sincere thanks. Our matching grant goal was met and helped us qualify for some bonuses from the folks at Valley Gives.
Every donation, large or small, helps us forge ahead. Your continued support keeps us in the fight. If you missed this opportunity to give, you can always visit our Donation Page.
If you'd like to make donations earmarked specifically for legal services, please contact Katy at MassPLAN. or MassPLAN's Valley Gives page. A legal fund being kept in escrow to be used in fighting the pipeline battle.
We are proud to have Berkshire Environmental Action Team, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and the New World Foundation as our fiscal sponsors to help accept tax-deductible donations (501(c)3).
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