KINDER MORGAN FILED THEIR FORMAL APPLICATION
FOR NORTHEAST ENERGY DIRECT on NOV. 20
The new Docket Number is #CP16-21
VIEW THE FILES
Because of the volume and size of documents, we're still downloading from FERC, reuploading to No Fracked Gas in Mass, and then we can start work on giving some further description to each file. This will take a few days with a team of 3 of us working on it pretty much round the clock. Soon, all the files will be accessible on THIS PAGE and descriptions of contents will be filled in as we progress.
If you'd like to access the files yourself, they're available on the FERC website. Just type in Docket Number #CP16-21 (about halfway down the form), then click Search. Lists of documents will show up. (Yes, those are all the application. There are a lot of them.)
Contrary to what we thought would be the case, Motion to Intervene can be filed immediately without waiting for FERC to accept the application.
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.
New Round of TGP Letters to Landowners
Aside from the recently round or repeat requests from TGP to landowners, asking for permission to survey (and threatening action through the Massachusetts DPU if they don't volunteer permission), we're now hearing about a new group receiving this letter as well - landowners whose properties abut the pipeline route, but are not crossed by it.
For all parties receiving this letter, the advice remains the same:
• Do not give permission to survey. Kinder Morgan counts this as a compliant landowner when reporting to FERC
• You may either write PERMISISON DENIED on the letter or send one of our pre-drafted Denial of Permission letters
• If possible, scan or make several copies of your denial letter.
• Send the original back to TGP by Certified Mail, so there is proof of receipt by them
• Send a copy to the FERC Docket (now Docket #CP16-21), so it is registered
• Keep a copy for any surveyors that may approach your property anyway (sometimes claiming that you've ended up on their survey list)
• Keep a copy handy to file with your local police if you come home to find that surveyors have entered your property anyway. If this happens, do not remove the stakes immediately. Take photos and file a report with local police, who may also want to visit the site.
» See our page on dealing with survey requests.
You may also want to have a Survey Permission Denied sign
printed and laminated to place on your property.
A note from Rose: Systemic Change Needed
As Founder of No Fracked Gas in Mass, I was asked by the Pipeline Safety Trust
to attend their Annual Conference this year. It's attended by representatives from the liquid and gas pipeline industry, regulators and citizen activists and focuses on issues around pipeline safety.
(Unfortunately) Regulators all agree: Pipeline age is not an issue.
I'll be writing up blog posts about information learned and observations on the dynamics between stakeholder groups in the weeks to come, but the overall impression I came away with is that there needs to be systemic change to our regulatory system. Even agencies like PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration),
who really are concerned about maximizing safety and eliminating accidents, get caught up in different layers of agency management, losing the full grasp of what the statistics of their reports mean to the individuals and communities in caught in the gaps in policy and implementation.
One of the more positive-sounding presentations was made by FERC Commissioner Collette Honorable. She spoke quite a bit about how regulatory agencies like FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
, PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)
and others need to take citizen input more into account. In a private conversation, I asked her if FERC could set up within it's structure, a Consumer / Citizens' Advocate. She said that they had looked into it, but have not been able to receive funding for the post "from the folks on the Hill", aka Congress, and suggested pressing the issue with them to allow funding. This fits very much in with a campaign recently launched by fellow NED pipeline fighters, that is starting to spread nationwide - fixferc.com
Please visit the site, click the link and sign the petition calling for a moratorium on all new pipeline proposals while the Dept. of Transportation Office of Inspector General reviews FERC. (The DOT OIG also made a presentation at the Conference that held PHMSA's feet to the fire - so this looks like it might be a good agency to help us).
Also please contact your Senators and Congressperson, as well as members of House and Senate energy committees to ask for a Consumer / Citizen Stakeholder Advocate to be part of FERC's structure and decision-making process. Don't forget to tell them that public health and safety and loss of property through inadequate compensation for eminent domain cases are on the line for everyday citizens across the country.
» ONGOING ACTIONS, See page for full info on these
NORTHEAST ENERGY DIRECT VIGILS
» NORTHFIELD, MA TOWN HALL PIPELINE VIGILS
- Every Saturday Morning - 8:30-9:30
» NORTHFIELD, MA COMPRESSOR STATION VIGIL
- NEW WINTER HOURS and LOCATION!!
Every Thursday — 3:30-4:15 in front of Town Hall
» PICKET KINDER MORGAN'S PITTSFIELD OFFICE
- Every Friday - Noon - 1:00 pm
» PLAINFIELD PIPEYARD VIGIL
- Talk about weekly vigils on the proposed pipeyard site. Stay tuned!
ANYWHERE YOU ARE!
» CRAFTERS UNITE!! - Please contact Peggy with your interest and availability.
» WEEKLY PIPELINE PRAYER - Monday Evenings, 6-7 pm (EST)
SUNDAY — NOVEMBER 22, 2015 — W. CUMMINGTON, MA
— Singing Bridge Music Festival /
No Fracked Gas in Mass Fundraiser.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of homemade pizza, potluck foods and great local music from the Gaia Star Goddess Band and a host of other artists. Music and speaking from Rachel Branch, fearless NED pipeline fighter and producer of North Adams CTV's "Solutions Rising", a series that has focused 19 episodes (so far) on the pipeline issue.
Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge
West Main Street
West Cummington, MA
SUNDAY — DEC. 13, 2015 — PLAINFIELD / CUMMINGTON
» See a full full list of EVENTS on No Fracked Gas in Mass
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