ADDITIONS and a CORRECTION
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Monday, August 18th, 7:30: Boylston, Kinder Morgan presentation to select board (after regular select board meeting at 6:30). Boylston town officials have not yet announced whether they will grant Kinder Morgan access to survey town-owned land.
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Sandisfield need your help!
More information on the CT Expansion
After yesterday's newsletter, some have asked for more information on the Connecticut Expansion pipeline project and it's relation to Northeast Energy Direct. It's a series of extra pipeline "loops" planned to be added to existing pipelines in NY, and southern MA. It's a few steps ahead of the rest of the Northeast Expanion in progress and TGP is trying to skip crucial environmental reviews to go straight through to filing with FERC.
TGP has filed with FERC for expedited review of the Connecticut Expansion
FERC published on August 14, 2014 the formal Notice of Application, Docket No. CP14-529-000, and people have until September 4, 2014 to comment on the application.
Anyone may comment during this process, but in order to preserve your legal right to challenge a FERC ruling or appeal, you must file a motion to intervene in a timely manner.
Navigating the FERC website, commenting, and filing to be an intervenor:
Our main demand: Their environmental information is in no way complete and they need to file a full EIS. Mention that during Mass state level review, they tried to skip parts of the process and the Secretray of EEA said to file a full Environmental Impact Report which they have as yet have failed to do.
File requests asking FERC to deny expedited review based on insufficient environmental information (MA Secretary required more information in the MEPA Certificate), lack of data showing need (MA is currently starting a study to determine need having decided that the industry led study was flawed). Could also suggest that this is segmentation of the larger Northeast Expansion and we need to understand the cumulative impacts of the greater expansion.
The Docket number for the CT Expansion is CP14-529
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RELATED ACTION ITEM:
Ask The Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs to Join Us!
Email the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Maeve Vallely Bartlett, to have her comment on FERC docket No. CP14-529. (The email link is pre-written for your convenience, but feel free to change it as you see fit before sending.)
Another Video Project Looking to Speak with Pipeline Resisters
Scott MacPherson of GCTV would like to continue his video series on local people affected by the pipeline. Scott can be reached by email or by calling Greenfield Community Television - 413-774-4288.
Scott would like to gather about 4 or 5 more individuals to run stories on. The 5-minute video, "A Man and His Land" was the first of this endeavor, speaking with Jonathan Mark.
THE AFOREMENTIONED VIDEO PROJECTS:
Steve is interested in meeting people who would be open to sharing their story. If you are interested, please send an email, with a narrative or outline highlighting the key aspects of your story.
Visit Stephen's blog "From the Ground Up" to see his work on the project so far.
Paki and Hattie
Paki Wieland of Northampton Community TV ( NCTV) and Hattie Nestel.
If you are a landowner or know a landowner who would like to be filmed and interviewed on site for this project, please contact Hattie by email or 978-790-3074.
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