Hear hear! Though I do agree with the representatives that the review process has proceeded in a ridiculously pathetic manner, what needs to be behind every objection is: we don't want this pipeline, we don't need this pipeline, this pipeline plan contradicts all good energy policy, and using eminent domain to build it is criminal. ...(full comment)
If you're going to sell cars in Franklin County, there's really no other place to be other than Greenfield, so I don't think it's all that laudable that he stayed in town. While not singling out this business in particular, this town has insane residential property taxes and the tax givaways to businesses are getting out of hand. Councilors should be asking if the requesting business NEEDS the break to create jobs, or is it just some sort of reward? Is there even any guarantee that they have to provide these jobs if he gets the break? Where's the oversight? And what's to prevent them from picking up and leaving after the 10 years is up if they don't get another break? (That happens all the time all over the country.)
Business tax breaks around the country are becoming a race to the bottom. If we focused on making Greenfield a better place to live, with much better schools to start, the customers and the businesses will come. ...(full comment)
These weasels are looking at the 18 quadrillion export bonanaza detailed in Pieridae's related NEPA exemption filings (dated Dec. 2014, listed in the Federal Register). This is so very clearly a complete abuse of eminent domain: and they are taking particular pains to force this pipeline through neighborhoods, conservation land and water supplies: when there are other less harmful routes. Genocide is acceptable to them to make a buck. And its all inside baseball. They are deliberately creating deadly conditions for residents and for resources in their abject lust for wealth: this is a wholesale attack on human beings, our children and any possible future for this state. ...(full comment)
It's pretty hard to expand upon all the wonderful words that have been shared about Larry but that is just testament of who he was. Larry was one of very few people to have two close friends named Mike McGrath and I am sure the other Mike is feeling as great a loss as I. Having known Larry has been a blessing to me, my wife and my family and friends who got to know him through me.
Larry obviously had a very full life for the time he had, and left an indelible mark on everyone he touched from childhood friends to his most precious Lisa.
We will all miss the "Big Guy" ...(full comment)
Kinder Morgan/Tennessee gas snuck into the community over a year and a half ago, leaving cards on folk's private property. There was no information to our elected officials for months. All the meetings Fore refers to were "check a box" formalities: no content; deceptive and disingenuous information. Maps submitted to FERC were decades old and do not reflect either the considerable population along the route. Thousands upon thousands of TBD's in the first submission: then the second one with maps that are so small they can't be seen or enlarged to provide information. Many people who should have been informed timely were not. They are gaming the entire process. And FERC is only in place to regulate the public: they will rubber stamp anything, and even reasonable requests for public health and safety are routinely denied: thousands of them all over the United States. Kinder Morgan is on two ends of the deal with "Liberty" gas in New Hampshire,; and they are conspiring with customers of their existing Southern pipeline route in Massachusetts as customers of another pipeline while aggressively marketing existing capacity OUT OF STATE in Connecticut. They, and FERC, are artificially segmenting this project, with the existing and proposed pipelines on separate dockets, as well as the docket to reverse an existing pipeline in Maine, and Pieridae LNG terminal in Nova Scotia is the clear destination, with the promise of eighteen quadrillion (yes that's what the paperwork states) dollars to "pipeline and fossil fuel companies" over a twenty year period. They have chosen routes calculated to do the most possible damage to conservation land, private property, water resources, and entire municipalities. They are using their advertising and community reach to spread lies: abject falsities. This gas is for export and the entirely undue enrichment of a billionaire cabal: and is an abject abuse of public trust, and theft of a U.S. asset. Atty Bonifaz correctly construes that this secretive and largely unknown change in law basically turns the U.S. into an extraction colony for the .01%. This is not about U.S. energy independence. This entire game among billionaires and money in government: private industry supposedly governing the public trust, will turn the U.S. into an extraction colony for the .01% and ANY asset can be sold off our of our nation to enrich the obscenely rich: WATER will be next. EVERYTHING will be commodified. These folks are amoral and hoarding wealth is already having a devastating impact all over the world. These folks have demonstrated, through their behavior in other regions all over the world that genocide is acceptable for profit, and that will be the consequence of what they are doing. We have gotten the message, through this ludicrous plan of placing large quantities of volatile, poisonous, unstable gas, in close proximity to massive live electricity, in flimsy, scrapmetal, pipelines purchased on the cheap from abroad, that human life is meaningless to them. We are fungible and they don't even record our numbers in their documentation to FERC, nor care to adequately document the lives that will be harmed. And FERC has demonstrated a clear pattern of abuse of the pubic time and again. Kinder Morgan, and its ENRON policies are simply there to bilk money from the U.S. to enrich a handful of individuals whose real commitment is to their Caymen Island accounts, no matter the harm to our nation, or its citizens. They are using the tactics here that they have honed over decades in other nations to strip out assets and pit groups against each other. ...(full comment)
What the article fails to mention is that Bill Stathis is the Director of Sales at Crocker Communications, a private entity that is aggressively seeking to become the service provider for individual towns. ...(full comment)
Deerfield folks are not so excited about this idea and feel they would best served if the ambulance stays in the South Deerfield Fire Station. We don't need to spend 439,000 to renovate space. Its time to think about one fire ems department in the town of Deerfield. One new district to provide the highest level of response to the Town of Deerfield. Sorry Sunderland and Whately. ...(full comment)