Kinder Morgan announced new filing date
Kinder Morgan has announced a new filing date of November 20. Once FERC announces acceptance of this filing, individuals and organizations have twenty one days to file as interveners. This is going to be right around the holiday season between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Solstice and Christmas, so preparing to file ahead of time will make it easier to get your filing in ahead of time.
» Read here for information on how to intervene
On Friday, October 16, over 350 comments poured into the NED docket as the Scoping Comment Period came to a close. Aside from volumes of stellar testimony by everday citizens, many official Town Boards and state and federal agencies chimed in as well.
Here are some highlights:
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» FERC Staff comments on Kinder Morgan's Resource Reports
» Scoping Statement by the EPA
» Scoping Statement from the MA Attorney General’s office
» Appendix from the MA Attorney General’s office
NED Docket is still open
Even though the formal Scoping Comment Period is over, you can still continue to comment to FERC on the project. Until Kinder Morgan's application is accepted by FERC, the Docket number is still #PF14-22. When it enters formal filing, FERC will give it a new number, and then we'll be pressing them to roll over all 6,000+ prefiling comments under the new number. This usually doesn't happen, but given the degree of community input, we think it should and will be pressing the issue.
» See how to comment here
Public Presence allowed at NH Executive Council Meeting
Gov. Hassan will be in attendance
The public, including pipeline fighters will be allowed to have a large but respectful and quiet presence at the monthly Executive Council meeting being held at Mason's Town Hall this Wednesday morning at 10 AM. Governor Hassan will also be present along with the heads of many of our state's departments--DES, etc.
The public is not allowed to speak during the meeting. But at a break in the meeting there will be the opportunity for networking with department heads and politely expressing our concerns/interests in shutting down NED. A LARGE PRESENCE IS NEEDED ... PLEASE MAKE TIME TO ATTEND!
Old Town Hall
7 Meetinghouse Hill Rd.
Kinder Morgan schedules additional
After many complaints to Kinder Morgan and FERC about there being no Open Houses in most of the communities affected by compressor stations, Kinder Morgan has scheduled three "Community Forums", one each for Windsor and Northfield, MA, which would host large mid-steam compressor stations and one for Lynnfield, which would see multiple lateral segments, pigging facilities and other infrastructure.
WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 28, 2015 — 6:00-8:00 pm — NORTHFIELD, MA
TUESDAY — OCTOBER 27, 2015
6:00-8:00 pm — WINDSOR, MA
Windsor Fire Department
1205 Old Route 9
Windsor, MA 01270
PRE-FORUM RALLY BEING PLANNED!
Please come early with noisemakers and signs. Contact Janet for details.
Northfield Elementary School
104 Main Street
Northfield, MA 01360
CONCURRENT EVENT - the REAL community forum!
— The Northfield Selectboard has secured the cafeteria to sponsor a forum while Kinder Morgan gives people the run-around in the gym. Please help this event succeed by setting up a table for your organization or community! Julia Blyth of the Northfield Open Space Committee is helping to coordinate the tabling — please contact her at email@example.com to reserve a space.
THURSDAY — OCTOBER 29, 2015 — 6:00-8:00 pm — LYNNFIELD, MA
Spinelli's Function Facility,
Route One South
Aside from this being a crucial time to help our neighbors in Sandisfield, the Article 97 decision for the CT Expansion pipeline could set a precedent for Article 97 issues for NED and beyond.
NOVEMBER 10TH PUBLIC HEARING DATE SET FOR KINDER MORGAN’S SANDISFIELD ARTICLE 97 LAND BILL
Downing & Pignatelli seeking testimony
from residents and concerned parties
BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D- Lenox) announce that a public hearing date has been set by the Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight (SARO) for H. 3690, An Act relative to the conveyance of an easement in the town of Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
The public hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11:00am in Gardner Auditorium of the State House. It is the only matter being discussed during the hearing.
This legislation was sponsored by State Representative Garrett Bradley (D- Hingham) at the request of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. It is necessary to advance their proposed Connecticut Expansion Project (CT Expansion), as passage of this legislation would secure access and easements to state-owned, public conservation lands in Sandisfield.
As with other hearings, written testimony of any length may be submitted. Oral testimony presented at the hearing is limited to 3 minutes.
» Read more for details on commenting ...
H. 3690 bill text & track its status: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H3690
SARO Committee Membership: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J25
CT Expansion Project: http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/business/gas_pipelines/east/connecticut/
Over 80 Citizens Gathered to Speak Up for Protected Agricultural Land at Plainfield Pipeyard Rally
Jim Cutler of Hilltown Community Rights speaks to the crowd. Photo ©2015 Rene Theberge
In spite of occasional snow squalls and freezing temperatures on the hilltop, over 80 citizens from across western Massachusetts gathered at a Plainfield farm that Kinder Morgan is planning to use as a pipe yard - a large contractors' field where pipeline segments would be stacked and heavy equipment parked during the year and a half of construction of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. The rally was held on the same day as a Non-Violent Direct Action training organized by Plainfield Opposes the Pipeline (POP) at the Plainfield Town Hall.
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— NED Quilt Project. Looking for one person from each effected community to get together to decorate a square for the quilt. Beyond Extreme Energy recently created a similar quilt for pipeline projects all across the country to then bring to rallies and elected officials' offices. Please contact Peggy with your interest and availability.
» See the list of weekly protest rallies and other actions
Always check the ever-updated events list on No Fracked Gas in Mass
FRIDAY — OCTOBER 23, 2015 — BETHLEHEM, NY
SATURDAY — OCTOBER 24, 2015 — ORANGE, MA
— Pipeline Table at the Pumpkin Fest!
Visit The Enviro Show’s booth at the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA. See scary Kinder Morgan’s proposed fracked gas pipeline in action! The Fracked Gas Bridge to Nowhere! Children of the Wild! Explosions! Thrills! Chills! Accessible, Free, Fun!
2:00 – 9:00 PM
Turners Falls, MA
*Tablers needed! – Contact d.o. to sign up!
SATURDAY — OCTOBER 24, 2015 — ORANGE, MA
— Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training. Trainers –Paki Weiland and Jeff Napolitano. To register contact Hattie 978-790-3074 or Hattieshalom@verizon.net
#16 E.Main St.,
SUNDAY— OCTOBER 25, 2015 — NORTHFIELD, MA
— Health Effects of Compressor Stations with Dr. Curtis Nordgaard. His talk will address what data are known about how air pollutants are distributed from compressor stations; what kinds of pollutants are released; what the health consequences are for local residents where these facilities are located; what communities facing natural gas infrastructure development can do to prepare themselves.
3:00- 5:00 pm
Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church
147 Main St.,
SATURDAY — OCTOBER 31, 2015 — KEENE, NH
— “ Pipelines Are Scarier Than Halloween!" Pipeline Opposition & Climate March, Rally & Flashmob Dance.
- Meet at the Ashuelot River Park lot and march to Central Square!
10:30ish AM - 1:00 PM
- Pipeline Opposition Rally at Central Square in costume!
- Flash Mob Dance, "The FERC and Kinder Morgan Monster Mash Pipeline Smash!"
- Other activities to be announced! (Hoping for decorated vehicles.)
- Carry thoughtful, creatively messaged signs! (none in the ground)
- All are affected and supporting pipeline towns are encouraged to attend!
- Positive, peaceful FUN protest/vigil!
- Costumes encouraged!
COSTUMES - Costumes are not required, but encouraged! Have fun with it!
10:00am - 12:00pm
44 Central Sq.
Questions? Sign up to help? Thinking of a vehicle / float?
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