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Environmental Reports Filed with FERC
As expected, Kinder Morgan filed it's environmental reports with FERC on Friday, March 13, 2015. This, unlike it's last filing on December 8, 2014, contains all 13 Resource Reports, with details on Water Use, Fish Wildlife & Vegetation, Cultural Resources and Socioeconomics, Land Use, Soils, Air and Noise Quality and so on.

We've uploaded them and listed them with readable titles and some moderate indexing to help you find your area of interest:
» RESOURCE REPORT PAGE

As before, these are VERY large files with lots of large maps. Some will take several minutes to show up in  your browser, so please give them time. If you plan to go through them with a fine tooth comb (which we highly suggest!), it usually saves time to download them to your computer and view them there rather than online.


Section of "Water Use and Quality" report showing Deerfield Meter Station labeled as "West Greenfield".

If you find any inconsistencies or inaccuracies in these files, please let us know, and don't hesitate to send a note to FERC about it. There are still quite a few areas filled in as "to be decided" on various tables and descriptions. We've also found some odd town names, like the Metering Station planned for Deerfield is labeled as being in "West Greenfield".  Anyone doing a keyword search for "Deerfield" on one of these files would never find that rather large and impactful facility.
 
Upcoming Special Events
Many more town meetings & KM presentations on our site

FRIDAY — MARCH 20 — West Cummington, MA
Please join us for an evening of song and help raise funds for our fight!
RachelConcert

Rachel Laitman, a gifted young songwriter with a beautiful voice, has offered to do a concert at the West Cummington church on Friday, March 20. ALL proceeds will go to NoFrackedGasInMass.org, one of the many groups working to stop the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline being proposed for the region by Kinder Morgan.

The West Cummington Congregational Church is within a mile of the proposed pipeline path and could have a compressor station within a couple of miles of its location. The compressor station scheduled to be built in nearby Windsor or Plainfield, Massachusetts would be among the largest in the country. At 80,000 horsepower, it could produce many tons of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds and considerable noise and light pollution. Testing near much smaller facilities revealed over 60 carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors in the air.

Rachel Laitman’s contribution to the movement through this fundraising concert is a great example of the region’s cooperative response in resisting this large industrial project in rural communities across four states. Rachel is a socially, environmental and interpersonally concerned singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Rachel’s luch lyrics and the energy of her voice recall memory, friendship, dreams and desire. Her album, Grimace and Grace, establishes itself as “an inviting and stunningly gorgeous feat of inner pop-folk stength.” (Necrobisect). You can find her music online at www.rachelinthemines.bandcamp.com.

SATURDAY — MARCH 21, 2015 — HARTFORD, CT
Nonviolent direct action and affinity group building workshop. This training will cover the history of nonviolent direct action, introduce some of the roles and skills needed to carry out direct actions and prepare people to organize affinity groups to carry out actions.

This training is being organized by FANG: Fighting Against Natural Gas. While FANG currently has a campaign underway to stop a major pipeline expansion in New England and would love your support – this training is also open to anyone who wants to use these skills to fight for justice as part of other campaigns.

If you plan on attending, please take a moment to complete the official registration form: http://bit.ly/1wRY8aR
9:30am – 5:00pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center

21 Charter Oak Ave
Hartford, Connecticut

WEDNESDAY — APRIL 1-12, 2015 — Along the pipeline route
Pipeline Pilgrimage, The New England Young Adult Friends (Quaker) Climate Working Group invites you to join us in a pilgrimage along the route of the proposed Kinder-Morgan methane pipeline in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
»» Learn more here.

WEDNESDAY — APRIL 22, 2015 — Albany, NY
Earth Day 2015 Rally and ACTION, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” Family Friendly – Powerful Speakers – MUSIC – ACTION!!!
» Read More and SIGN ON HERE

We also encourage those that cannot make the trip to Albany to participate in SOLIDARITY ACTIONS or Create one of your own – we will post your event on our site.
11:00 AM – 8 PM
West Capitol Park
Albany, NY

MAY 21-29, 2015 — Washington DC
MASS ACTION AT FERC,  a week of direct action at FERC Headquarters, organized by Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE).
»» Learn more here.
HAVE TALKS, PRESENTATIONS, MEETINGS OR ACTIONS PLANNED? Let us know!




An update from the director of MassPLAN:

A few months ago, MassPLAN retained energy and regulatory attorney Richard Kanoff, of the Boston-based firm Burns & Levinson LLP, to assist in our efforts to stop the proposed Kinder Morgan NED project. Mr. Kanoff served as an assistant attorney general for Massachusetts specializing in energy matters. His experience encompasses all aspects of energy law, with a focus on renewable energy in recent years. He has been involved in numerous proceedings before FERC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and has also appeared before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.

We reached out to allies in New Hampshire and formed a new nonprofit, the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc.  Just yesterday the NHPUC issued an order allowing PLAN for the Northeast to intervene in the precedent agreement proceeding.

We are now able to use legal and technical experts to question the business case that Liberty and Kinder Morgan are making for this pipeline.  This comes at a time when Kinder Morgan has just confirmed that it has not secured any more customers for the pipeline than were lined up last summer (although their carefully worded press release made it seem as if they had new customers). They are teetering on the edge of commercial viability for the project.

We are definitely having an impact. 
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS EFFORT.
Please spread the word that the legal proceedings will be costly -- and every dollar will help and be used wisely. 

Information on how to donate is available at massplan.org/donate -- checks can be made out to our fiscal sponsor, BEAT, with MassPLAN in the memo line, and mailed to Berkshire Environmental Action Team, 29 Highland Avenue, Pittsfield, MA, 01201.

Your support and all of your efforts to help stop the pipeline are deeply appreciated.

Thank you,
Katy


Kathryn R. Eiseman, Director
Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
MassPLAN.org
(413) 320-0747

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