What's happening when you don't hear from those really busy friends?
The answer is A LOT!!
The Greenfield Rally on May 15 was astounding!
Despite media confusion about dates, whether or not if was happening and stormy skies, over 150 people showed up to show their opposition to the pipeline. The highlights of the event were shows of support from our elected leaders.
State Rep. Denise Andrews spoke out on where she stands on this issue.
Rep. Mark's aide, Chris Capucci not only came to one of our informational meetings, but relayed his findings, and them came to the rally with a joint statement of support from Reps. Mark and Kulik and state Sens. Downing and Rosenberg.
Read their statement here.
See their statements and a great synopsis video by Gus Ganley on our YouTube channel!
Congressional Rep. Jim McGovern sent a statement that was read aloud at the rally. He's also spoken out about stopping the pipeline in no uncertain terms at recent events. We greatly appreciate his understanding of the long-term ramifications to our rural and wild places, and to the broader environmental impacts!
Thanks to everyone who showed up and spoke out!
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TUESDAY – JUNE 3 – GREENFIELD
— “Fracking County—A Pipeline Runs Through It” Forum – two-hour forum on the proposed pipeline and on related energy and environmental policy issues. The forum is co-produced by Montague Community Television and WHMP Radio, Greenfield Community Television and Easthampton Community Access Television.
Panelists will be 2nd Berkshire State Representative Paul Mark, Senior Attorney Shanna Cleveland of the Conservation Law Foundation, Leigh Youngblood of Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust, Bruce Winn of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, 2nd Franklin State Representative Denise Andrews, and Journalist Mike Jackson who has covered the proposal extensively for the Montague Reporter, among others. Kinder Morgan’s proposal will be reviewed but the corporation has declined our invitation to send a representative.
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Greenfield Community College Dining Commons
Read here for more information …
TUESDAY – JUNE 4 – RICHMOND
This forum in Richmond is unprecedented. In the interest of fairness and interest in getting answers, we've repeatedly asked Kinder Morgan representatives to come to our informational meetings, and to select board meetings at the same time as us. This is the first time we've been able to get them to come to the same event - a special Richmond select board meeting focusing solely on the pipeline. The format of this event allows both sides to be heard and questions to be answered and a full community discussion to occur.
— Joint presentation to the select board, Kinder Morgan, BEAT & NFGiM. Kinder Morgan and TGP representatives will give a half hour presentation, followed by Q&A. After a break, Berkshire Environmental Action Team & No Fracked Gas in Mass will give a half hour presentation, followed by Q&A and community discussion.
Richmond Consolidated School
State Road 41
The team of organizers in Richmond deserve serious respect for having managed to schedule this and negotiate all the disparate camps of opinion to bring everyone together for a serious discussion. They are currently gathering signatures for their Resolution to ban the pipeline. If you're a registered voter in Richmond, please contact Melanie to sign. They'll be gathering signatures at the forum as well.
More towns working on resolutions
Along with the 14 towns that have already passed Resolutions either against the pipelines of for community rights, more slated for a vote. You can track which ones are coming up on our Town Meetings page, where you can also see the text of some of the recently passed items.
There are even more that are just starting to get the word out about the pipeline and more that are working on drafting and gathering signatures to get resolutions on the warrants for Special Town Meetings. We'll be adding those to the TM page soon.
Through recent memos to ISO New England and a couple of other sources, we found out that Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas Pipeline has changed not only the name, but the scope of their natural gas capacity expansion project. Now called Northeast Energy Direct, the redefined project now includes not only the pipeline formerly known as the Northeast Expansion (marked below across the middle in purple), but another pipeline running from the fracking fields of Susquehanna Co., PA to the gas hub in Wright, NY. (marked below to the left in blue).
Their project overview mentions expansion loops along the existing 300 and 200 lines in PA and MA as part of the program as well. Given the markings on the map included in the memos, we believe those are where these two pipelines run along already existing lines, but we don't have confimation.
Until recently, the Northeast Expansion was presumed to hook up with the Constitution Pipeline under development by Williams & Cabot. People fighting the that pipeline had won an at least temporary victory recently when FERC asked for a nearly unprecedented second review of permit applications, partially due to public opposition comments. Whether this new TGP extension is being proposed because they're afraid the Constitution may not get permitted or because a previous business agreement with them fell through, we can only speculate.
If you're one of the people regularly Googling or scanning the FERC or DPU sites for applications, it may be best to check for both "Northeast Expansion" and "Northeast Energy Direct" along with "Kinder Morgan" and "Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co."
» See the Project Overview Memo
» See TGP's Letter to ISO New England
The folks at Climate Summer - Ride for the Future are joining forces with us this year, biking to Massachusetts towns along the proposed pipeline route. Along the way, they'll be doing community outreach and talking with affected landowners about their experiences. The itinerary's still being shored up, and we'll be asking for accommodations and landowners who want to talk along the way, so look for more news and look for these riders to come through your town!
Truthout features a thorough portrait of our struggle and the larger landscape of others in the same situation
Northeast Fights Back as Expanding Fracking Infrastructure Endangers Us All
Saturday, 24 May 2014, By Ellen Cantarow, Truthout
All of this is making blood boil in western Massachusetts where, with incredible rapidity - starting only this past March - a movement has surged up to oppose the Kinder Morgan project. "We don't feel any of this extra capacity is necessary, by the industry's own documents," says Jane Winn, executive director of Berkshire Environmental Action Team, a nonprofit that protects the environment for wildlife.
READ MORE ...
About 350 people turn out for Kinder Morgan presentation in Pepperell
Pipeline plan gets no support from Pepperell
By Chelsea Feinstein, 05/15/2014
PEPPERELL -- Representatives from Kinder Morgan fielded questions from a crowd of about 350 Monday night about a proposed natural-gas pipeline that could come through the area.
Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is considering running a gas pipeline from Wright, N.Y, to Dracut to expand natural-gas service in New England. Other affected communities in the region could include Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro and Wilmington.
Selectman Stephen Themelis took the strongest stand against the pipeline, saying that while he understood the need for energy in New England, he could not support it.
"As a selectman and as an elected official representing the town of Pepperell, I cannot in good conscience support a proposed gas pipeline route that would cause immeasurable emotional grief and anguish or financial loss or hardship for any of our residents," Themelis said.
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More Upcoming Events
*See above story "Back to Back Forums"
THURSDAY – JUNE 5 – NORTH READING
— Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. – presentation by Kinder Morgan. Confirming details.
North Reading Town Hall Gymnasium
235 North Street, North Reading, MA
THURSDAY – JUNE 5 – TOWNSEND
— Nashoba Conservation Trust will present an informational program.
12 Dudley Road
SATURDAY – JUNE 7 – CANAAN, NY
— Informational presentation by BEAT and NFGiM. Bruce Winn, of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass, will speak about the environmental impact of the proposed high-pressure fracked gas pipeline, health concerns, and the rights of communities.
Canaan Congregational Church
Intersection of Routes 5 & 295
TUESDAY – JUNE 10 – DALTON
— Informational Presentation, “What you need to know about the Proposed Gas Pipeline through Dalton”. Presentation by Jane Winn of BEAT and Rose Wessel of NFGiM.
First Congregational Church
514- Main Street
SATURDAY – JUNE 21 – TOWNSEND
— BEAT / NFGiM Informational Presentation. Presentation by Bruce Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Rose Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.
Public Library Meeting Hall
12 Dudley Road
MONDAY – JUNE 23 – GROTON
— Kinder Morgan will hold an informational session to discuss and take public comments no the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. All interested parties should attend.
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center
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