We've received calls from at least two towns now that their town offices were called by TGP / Kinder Morgan officials who notified them that they'll be surveying in town along public roadways. This is apparently immediate notification - with plans to survey right away.
Both Dalton and Plainfield received calls that we know of.
The Dalton select board will be holding an emergency meeting to decide if they want to officially deny permission for TGP to survey on town land. If passed, one of the citizen-organizers is urging them to email the denial directly in to the Right of Way agent's office.
In Plainfield, they received the call this morning and one of the Select Board members from Plainfield called the DOT to see if non-highway roads are considered town property. If so, she was planning to get the board to deny permission for the town and email it in.
Seconds after talking with her, my phone rang and a friend who's husband is a survey said that, as he was surveying for Fish and Wildlife Dept. in Plainfield, he noticed unmarked white pickup trucks with Texas plates moving along West Rd. and other nearby side roads. When he asked, they confirmed they are with Kinder Morgan / TGP. So apparently notice of survey comes on the same day they intend to start.
Still, if people want to rescind permission or deny permission if they haven't been approached, the fastest way to do so is to email it in to the Right of Way Agent's office. Print out the Rescind or Deny letters, fill them out and sign them, scan them and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
» Letter to Deny Permission (if you haven't been approached)
» Letter to Rescind Permission (if you had previously granted permission)
Then back it up by sending as certified return-receipt mail to the address on the letter.
Hang in there, folks!
As always, legal help is available at MassPLAN.org, thanks to contributions from many concerned citizens.
Re-routing isn't an answer
There has been much talk lately about pressure on Kinder Morgan to re-route the pipeline along either the Rte. 2 or I-90 corridor. While this would remove pressure on protected lands and landowners currently facing a pipeline in their back yard, it doesn't address the fact that a pipeline isn't even needed to meet our energy needs.
The tariff on all electric ratepayers would still apply, as would the environmental, health, safety and economic costs of any catastrophic system failures, leaks, ruptures and explosions. Please consider these factors when the subject of re-routing comes about.
No cutting across virgin land? Great.
Not building a $4B safety and environmental hazard that's not needed to meet our energy needs at all? Even better!
» Kinder Morgan May Move Route of Pipeline
SUNDAY – JULY 6, 2014 – RICHMOND
— Rolling March Kickoff Celebration - At Hilltop Orchards. Celebrate Massachusestts Fossil-Free Indpendence Day. Music, speakers and food in the Orchard. Hot dogs, hamburgers or veggie burgers, salads, tea. $12 per person, $5 for children under 14. Cash bar for wine, cider and soda. Visit www.eventbright.com for advance purchase, or cash or credit accepted on day of event. Proceeds to go to Berkshire Environmental Action Team.
Buffet, music and speakers 11:30-1:00
Canaan Road (Rte. 295)
— Rolling March – Richmond - Start at Hilltop Orchards on Canaan Rd., (Route 295) to Route 41, Church Lane to Sleepy Hollow Road past the Beagle Club Gas Hub to Dublin Road to Lenox Road, East Road to Swamp Road, ending at Bartlett’s Orchard.
Participation in the Kick-Off event is not necessary for participation in the walk. Amenities and transport back to Hilltop provided for free. Persons wishing to walk only should park and assemble at the Gazebo by 1:00 pm. Walkers welcome to join us as we “roll along”. Walkers are encourages to use signs, have rain gear, water bottles and must sign waivers.
Arrive no later than 1:00
Park and assemble at the gazebo
Canaan Road (Rte. 295)
MONDAY – JULY 7, 2014 – PITTSFIELD
— Stop the Pipeline Standout - The Pittsfield and Dalton leg of the state relay walk / rolling march will start with a “standout” rally at Park Square. Those who oppose the proposed high-pressure gas transmission line are invited to come to Park Square and stand in opposition. There will be signs available, or participants are invited to get creative and make their own.
— Rolling March – Pittsfield & Dalton - The journey from Pittsfield, through Dalton to Windsor will happen by bicycle, relaying the symbolic pipeline from Richmond to Windsor on it’s way across the state. Any and all bike riders in the area are encouraged to join for the 20 mile round trip. After the transfer of the “pipeline” baton, the riders will be departing from Park Square at 9:00 with a send-off from the Stand-Out protestors. RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary. Please contact Cheryl Rose to confirm 413-842-5141.
Cyclists assemble for 9:00 departure
TUESDAY – JULY 8, 2014 – WINDSOR
— Rolling March – Windsor - Join us in the Windsor Walk to spread the word about the proposed gas pipeline. The plan is to walk the stretch of Route 9 through Windsor on July 8th, Tuesday. You can join us for some or all of the route which is about 8 miles. . Bring a sign! we will be delivering the baton to the Parish House in West Cummington.
Starting time TBA
WEDNESDAY – JULY 9, 2014 – CUMMINGTON
— Rolling March – Cummington - Join us at the Parish House in West Cummington mid-morning, and head up Packard Road to Plainfield, where you can continue on to 116 towards Ashfield. More details to follow.
Starting time TBA
*See schedule for a full list of towns and dates.
SUNDAY – JULY 13, 2014 – MONTAGUE
— Rolling March – Montague - Walk from the Deerfield-Montague Bicycle path Connecticut River Bridge to Millers Falls-Erving Rte.63 Bridge over the Millers River. About 6 miles.
Starting at 10:00 AM
THURSDAY – JULY 24, 2014 - GREENFIELD
— FRCOG Meeting with Kinder Morgan, Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline - The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project.
Greenfield Community College
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