Letter: Pipeline plans
Kinder Morgan has a FERC petition now called “the Connecticut Expansion,” where they are seeking to bypass environmental impact processes at both the state and federal level to reconfigure their existing pipeline in Massachusetts! This pipeline exists in southern Massachusetts, but they are planning to divert that pipeline’s gas and suppliers to Connecticut, it seems, in order to build the case for the much larger project through northern Massachusetts, using its existing customers on the southern Pipeline as customers for the Northeastern “Express.”
The Boston Globe reports, that the third Algonquin pipeline further along in the FERC process would already satisfy the needs of the entire region and many times over what could ever be needed in the future. Of course that study also showed a clear low demand scenario where any additional capacity would be unnecessary. The Black and Veach report: undertaken by gas investment interests cites 0.6bcf as suitable for the region’s needs. That’s point six! The Northeast Energy Express is slated for 2.2 bcf. The Algonquin, again, for 2.5 the Connecticut pipeline could be used to address these needs but they are deliberately diverting their prior market and proposing a very small expansion to deliberately manipulate the second, larger FERC proposal. They have already flouted the state process and are now pushing FERC to expedite without adequate review. That makes a total of five billion-plus cubic feet of overbuilt pipelines, stealing hundreds of Massachusetts properties for private gain. FERC Chairperson Cheryl LaFleur has announced that they don’t have time for environmental impact studies, and don’t have the scope to control exports. Welcome to the U.S.: an extraction colony for the 0.01 percent. Gas investments, which we already heavily subsidize, are now going to cause us to compete on world gas we already heavily, heavily subsidize.