KM / TGP files with DPU to force survey access

You may have received, or heard about the letters from Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.(TGP), telling landowners along the pipeline route in Massachusetts that if they don't allow them on the property to survey, they would need to go to the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU), to get permission to go ahead against their wishes. Massachusetts is unique in the region in having statutes that allow them to compel landowners to allow private companies on their property for these kinds of large utility projects. Well, last week, TGP went ahead and filed three Petitions for survey permission with the DPU.

There are three dockets filed:

» DPU Docket 16-01 Geotechnical Survey
» DPU Docket 16-02 Vernal Pool Survey
» DPU Docket 16-03 Affected Properties
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This is just one of three currently active issues for Massachusetts residents and the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

(1) proceedings to gain survey access to NED-Affected properties where landowners have not granted permission.

(2) National Grid’s electrical distribution companies in MA are seeking DPU approval of capacity agreements on NED (and Spectra's Access Northeast).

(3) Local Gas Distribution Companies (LDCs), Berkshire Gas and Columbia Gas are filing to be able to buy gas from the Supply Path section of NED.

Learn more about these issues
and what you can do on our new
DPU Issues and Action page


Northeast Energy Direct garners over 1,800 Intervenors at FERC!

Although there are many ways to count up the numbers of Intervenors who filed on the docket, the numbers are coming up in the range of 1,840+ at the January 15th deadline, with an occasional still slowly coming in through the system (possibly mailed versions that are now making their way onto digital form). Aside from hundreds and hundreds of applications by individuals, there were many made by town officials, some state elected officials, and the familiar pipeline-fighting organizations like PLAN for the Northeast, No Fracked Gas in Mass and StopNED, we were surprised to also see some large environmental advocacy organizations like Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation Law Foundation. We have lots of company in this fight!
» See the statistical breakdown of Motions to Intervene

Cold Cannot Stop the Resistance!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March to Stop the Pipeline included close to 300 marchers over the course of the three day weekend. At any given time 40 to 90 participants walked from the proposed site for the Northfield Compressor Station to the proposed site for a contractor staging yard on ADR protected agricultural land in Plainfield. Initiated by Hattie Nestel of the newly formed non-violent direct action group, the Sugar Shack Alliance and the monks from the New England Peace Pagoda, over 30 activists from organizations like No Fracked Gas in Mass, and Plainfield Opposition to the Pipeline and community members along the route came together to provide meals, sleeping arrangements and vehicle support.  Starting in a slushy snowstorm and ending with high winds and frigid temperatures didn't deter activists of every age, and from as far away as South Carolina from participating. Among the walkers were members of Beyond Extreme Energy, and pipeline fighters from area organizations like Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Hilltown Community Rights, North Quabbin Pipeline Action and the North Quabbin Trail Association.

» Read more from Mary Serreze of Mass Live


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Groundswell Rising flier

Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge Music Festival / Fundraiser for No Fracked Gas in Mass. Join the Gaia Star Goddess Band and others at the Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge for pizza, potluck and an afternoon of song. Proceeds to benefit No Fracked Gas in Mass.
3:00- 10:00 pm
Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge
West Main St.
West Cummington, MA

» See a full list of EVENTS on No Fracked Gas in Mass


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