Every single POTW in this country has to deal with this problem. Virtually all use bar screening or a conveyor-belt 'screen' system to remove solids so junk isn't allowed to get into the plant and damage sensors, pipes, and pumping equipment, often combined with a macerator/shredder.
I'm surprised that Deerfield has managed to get away without a bar screen for this long. They should very seriously consider the purchase of a Muffin Monster. It is a relatively new technology and may in fact diminish or eliminate the need for bar screening in lower-flow plants.
Attendees should be educated on both sides of the pipeline issue. They are only going to get the industries very slanted view of the situation. No media? What are they afraid of? They are afraid of being put on the record and having their info intelligently and honestly disputed.
We applaud North Quabbin's Chamber of Commerce for standing with the towns and cities who have voted to oppose this project. It's interesting that the Greenfield Chamber takes the goodwill of outlying communities for granted in ignoring public outrage. A lot of us bring our commerce to Greenfield when it would be just as easy to go to Northampton. ...(full comment)
Right now, they want their pipeline through Massachusetts, to connect with one in Maine all the way to Nova Scotia and Kinder Morgan's waiting fleet of tankers. Unconventional gas is cheap because of the huge subsidies we all pay through our taxes: and massive overproduction. Once exports begin, we will be forced to compete with other nations for our own resources. And the more easily accessed gas will be sold off first: leaving only what is harder to extract and at much higher prices.
Those businesses in our communities who are not multi billionaires had better start recognizing that they are in the crosshairs of the .01%. Here is another severe example of local businesses and communities being forced to subsidize something that will ultimately bring them little to no long term benefit, while syphoning off wealth from local communities.
This is a stupid plan with no benefit to Massachusetts, but huge returns for Kinder Morgan and obscene private wealth.
These are rosy stories from a company selected person, likely with significant means. There are a great many online accounts of folks forced to live near these facilities who paint a detailed picture of hell on earth, routinely evacuated from their homes at any time of the day or night, who live in chronic fear: terror, actually. For many locals along this local proposed route, hospitals are miles away in any direction, there are no evacuation routes, and residents have been shown plans to locate a huge pipeline less than 100 feet from homes and wells, and in the presence of existing sets direct transmission high voltage cables. They and all of their neighbors are well within blast zones. An incident will result in loss of electricity for a huge swath of the state: further complicating any possible rescue efforts. The lack of regard for our lives, our state, or anything remotely human is chilling. And this is being ginned up on the basis of maybe .6 bcf, which may not in fact be needed, so Marcellus gas can be shipped abroad to further enrich obscene wealth. ...(full comment)
If you can live off your SS here, I know your money will go further in TX where your God fearing (which I always feel sorry for those who fear God) have fled to.
And as for Mother Nature doing a "fine job of cleaning up messes made by oil"... too bad BP didn't know that. It could have saved them billions in their attempt to clean up the Gulf and Mississippi Delta in 2010.
I see you love living in the past. How does that work for you in the 21st Century? ...(full comment)
Tim, please go and reread my letter, this time for comprehension. I didn't write your pal Ken shouldn't write letters to the editor, I wrote as long as people like the two of you continue to insult and name call people who think differently than you, then our Nation can not heal.
Big difference. ...(full comment)
What a disaster for this area, 625 good paying jobs gone, cheap clean electricity gone, now more CO2 pollution from the replacement gas plants, and more poisoning of the planet. When will people wake up and stop fearing Nuclear energy. It now countrywide, is using up the phased out nuclear weapons materials from The Soviet union and the US for electricity. Newer plants can use the left over stored fuel from the first generation plants now in dry casks around the country. Nuclear power has never shortened the life or killed anyone in the US in its 60 years of use, while we accept the 20,000-30,000 yearly deaths from fossil fuels. Too bad the politicians have been bought off by the dirty fossil fuel industry. ...(full comment)
Sounds like good news. Would be nice to have some details about the ConEd program--why selected, what it comprises, where its headquartered etc. Does the municipal aggregate include only Greenfield or is the town one of many others in the aggregate? ...(full comment)
I have never known a rural town as obsessed with parking lots/spaces as Greenfield. Given the dearth of retail, cultural organizations or nightclubs downtown, it's hard to imagine needing more than a few dozen spaces at any one time--much less the hundreds available everywhere. Let's focus on finding a reason to come downtown, shall we? ...(full comment)