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With Kinder Morgan's gargantuan 21,000 page application submitted to FERC, there is lots more information to share with local communities. We're just starting a new year (or possibly longer) of research and guidance to help keep everyone informed and participating in the fight. This requires substantial ongoing operating funds to keep us working at optimal effectiveness.
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Thanks to you, our movement STILL keeps growing!
Opposed to Northeast Energy Direct?
You're in good company!
This has been an exciting week with several notable personalities making clear statements against the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline and against pipeline expansion in general.
The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy released a study on November 18, that shows that no additional pipelines are needed to meet our energy needs. A closer look shows that not only are pipelines not needed, but they would be the most costly and most polluting choice for supplying our regional system, with energy efficiency and demand response topping the chart for cost and pollution savings.
» See the VERY informative info-graphic
» Read the full study
Senator and presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders included a clear statement against NED at a speech in New Hampshire.
“I believe the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas for 400 miles through 17 communities (in New Hampshire) is a bad idea – and should be opposed”
» Read the article in on Boston.com
So far the only other candidate to make a clear statement against pipelines has been Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate, and others including Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have made statements when asked, that acknowledge the project as a local concern. Because of the early focus on New Hampshire in the presidential race, residents of New Hampshire have been well-posed to make sure to ask all visiting candidates their opinions about NED, FERC and other views on clean energy vs. fossil fuel development.
We encourage everyone to ask ALL candidates hard questions about pipelines, FERC and our energy choices in light of climate change. No matter who ends up in the White House, these are issues they're going to have to address!
No Fracked Gas in Mass will have a page with statements from all candidates that have one in the coming year.
“At a time when religious leaders around the world are calling attention to climate change, the 400-mile pipeline would come at the expense of our environment by cutting across ecologically sensitive areas and spanning forests, farms, and neighborhoods along its route.”
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon has joined with land trusts, community groups, local landowners, and citizens to take a stand against the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline.
In a statement released last Friday, Sarandon urges support for a coalition of grassroots groups including Mount Grace, Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast (www.plan-ne.org), and the Mass Power Forward Coalition and a nod to the many other groups like ours who are leading challenges to the proposed pipeline.
Northeast Energy Direct Formal Application Files
The new Docket Number is #CP16-21
VIEW THE FILES
All the files are accessible on THIS PAGE. We've cataloged descriptions for most of the files (there are over 21,000 pages, so it will still be a while before we finish, but everything has a descriptive title). Some of the files are thousands of pages and/or have large map pages, so give them a few minutes to load.
WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO FILE
Individuals, businesses, land trusts, municipal governmental bodies, elected officials... - Information on intervening here on PLAN-NE.org.
It's really important for people to comment ASAP to the new Docket (CP16-21), as PLAN-NE did, asking that the deadline for filling Motions to Intervene be set for after the holidays. The length of time allowed to file as an intervenor has varied from project to project, and given the timing of this filing close to the busiest holiday season, it stands to reason that this one have an extended filing period.
» See a full full list of EVENTS on No Fracked Gas in Mass
TUESDAY — DECEMBER 1, 2015 — SUNDERLAND, MA
SATURDAY — DECEMBER 5, 2015 — NORTHFIELD, MA
SUNDAY — DECEMBER 6, 2015 — PLAINFIELD, MA
PLAINFIELD PIPEYARD PROTEST
Every Sunday at Noon
184 East Main Street, Plainfield – six tenths of a mile east on Rte. 116 from the corner of 116 and South Central Street in downtown Plainfield.
For info call: 617.699.0671
SATURDAY — DECEMBER 12, 2015 — BOSTON, MA
Jobs, Justice, Climate: Defend New England’s Future
On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. We envision a movement that unites us all, and we will lift up the voices of New England’s organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together.
More info here: http://www.jobsjusticeclimate.org/#intr
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