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On June 24th, at the FRCog meeting, Curtis Cole, Kinder Morgan Commercial Director, for the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, spoke about our area of the United States being "just like North Korea" from "satellite photos". This is how they think about us as fellow Americans. ...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

There isn't one single time when Kinder Morgan has acknowledged harm, even when folks have died: they likely spend more on lawyers, PR and Lobbyists than on safety . . . . . . . . . . . Years of litigation, and "non disclosure agreements" from what is widely reported all over the U.S. and Canada, designed to keep a lid on what's going on. PHMSA is completely overtaxed, and increasingly underfunded: just this year a 9% cut in staff. ............... \ Since 2012 gas industry/investments etc. are completely exempt from Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Drinking Water, Superfund and Recovery legislation. They spend millions in government lobbying to insure there is no meaningful oversight other than completing paperwork. (they claim "no corporate donations", but personal giving to PACs and candidates is well documented.). . . The gas industry has gotten away with not disclosing the chemicals used in new extraction techniques: these are, according to them , "trade secrets", but increasing documentation is bringing to light chemicals used in gas production that include, but are not limited to, VOC's, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, Benzen, arsenic, Stronteum . . . and these likely become part of the gas. There is NO oversight of what is actually being pumped into peoples homes and businesses, and what we formerly understood as "natural" gas is less and less available, versus unconventional gas, through these extreme production methods. They spend a lot of time and money making sure we have no idea what goes in our homes, or what we are supporting. . . . though federal subsidies (our money), through exemptions from laws everyone else obeys, from taxation proportional to what we each pay, and from accountability for whatever mess they make. "Trade secrets" are just a whole lot more important than public safety to these people. Profit for the .01% uber alles! The slick lady in the pantsuit is an enormously well funded advertising campaign. Pipelines leak at a rate of 8 to 11%. No superfund. Extra radiation from Marcellus gas (Resnikoff, 2012) And this grid of pipeline is being ginned up on the basis of a 30 days a year purchases on the spot market. . . . as a "bridge" fuel. They demonstrate further abuse of the public by doing an end run around Massachusetts law in their most recent southern Ma FERC process, attempting to skip all environmental review and demanding an "expedited process" while again, it looks like segmenting after a federal ruling against this. (Riverkeeper versus FERC & Tennessee Gas Pipeline) . . . landsmen state that they are "following Massachusetts environmental law" in their sales pitches. . . . their corporate behavior in response to MA law, and to environmental law is in stark contrast to this. FERC is forbidden, thanks to lobbying, to evaluate costs of clean up for this "bridge" fuel. Gas investment entities are, again, exempt from Superfund legislation. Take a look at costing for the Rose disposal pit in Lanesboro, MA for an idea of costs to "ratepayers" that are not allowed to be factored into FERC filings. This is a hidden cost to "ratepayers". That will be you, and me, and our children. . . . We have two import terminals in Everett and Gloucester, to the tune of 750 million dollars: now that Kinder Morgan has a fleet of LNG freighters, this is a better use of our land and our money at this point in American history. ...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Why bother to replace an authentic heritage structure with a replica? A cipher? This is New England and we're supposed to value our heritage more than other parts of the nation. But if it doesn't date to the Revolutionary War, all bets are off apparently. Like the destruction of the Jack Kerouac ( Textile Memorial ) Bridge in Lowell last year and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge ( a rare lost National Trust for Historic Preservation listee ) in Portsmouth, NH Better no bridge than a replica. A replica only serve to remind future generations of our poor stewardship of our culture's resources. ---SWL ...(full comment)

Schell Bridge replacement gets one step closer

Great work, Walter! For those who don't know him well, may I say that "indolent lymphoma" is the ONLY way that Walter and the word indolent could ever possibly be connected. Much love, Paul ...(full comment)

200 cyclists raise at least $39,000 for BFMC cancer patients

Monday, week 2-Using the stairs today, finally met a "helper", assisting first floor resident up stairs. She slowly pulled herself up the stairs, and he followed with her walker, which held 2 cucumbers. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

I am not surprised by this happening. They were very, very greedy and felt they were deserving of ALL their money and didn't want to share it with their employees. They didn't pay their bills on time for many years and expected employees to do their dirty work of dealing with creditors. I feel for the employees and not for Ross Anderson! He deserves to lose his business. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

I am a resident on floor 3. Thankfully, I am mobile enough and have family to assist. I am a younger retiree, mind intact...on most days...so I will manage, always have, always will. However, the reporter has take what she is told on face value. Faces often lie. I personally have not needed to contact anyone, nor do I think I will. However, at 7 pm tonight-Friday-a paper was pushed under my door with a small list of volunteers, very small...this is day 5. Now the office is closed. There has been nothing from management regarding on hired help, unless it missed my door. The garbage situation has been compromised, because the hired help does not want to carry or push the large garbage containers down the stairs. So the containers were removed, and a sign telling us to carry our garbage downstairs was posted. This is beyond understanding. The younger paid staff, does not want to have to carry things up and down the stairs...but the residents have no choice? I don't see this working, and the garbage situation might get "smelly". Followed by critters. No notice from management regarding this. The promised grocery delivery was cancelled due to inability to find people to do this. Cancelled late last Friday. Just posted outside the office. The whole motel option...what a joke. Really!!! Yes, we will survive, we are survivors. Will there be some trauma, maybe worse, I suspect so. In the end, the work will get done, if some of the more fragile tenants fall by the wayside (literally), well there is a long list of applications, and the new tenants will move in with a good working elevator. The elderly are expendable. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

I also notice that there is no help on the weekend's to carry things?...are not the residents going up and down the stairs then to? Schochet company is just to cheap to hire someone for the weekend to. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

at the human rights committee meeting.......legal services said that Schochet had to place residents in hotels during the repair of the elevator.....with the choice of the red roof in in south deerfield no wonder why the residents choose to stay in there apartments...what about greenfield hotels? the red rood in was the cheapest place?......the poor woman walking up the stairs in the photo ...where all the people who are hired to take things up to the apartments? guess no one was on duty then........Schochet company sounds like they have been band aiding this elevator for years and have no concern for safety of the elders and disabled residents for many years.......also what is masshousing the overseer of this development doing? not much like legal services said at the meeting residents are suppose to be placed at a hotel......... ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

Yes, thanks. I used this talk by Amory Lovins (at 2.46 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsgrahFln0s&feature=youtu.be I should have written that Germany gets 25% of the power *it generates* from renewable sources. ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Yes that is a wonderful sight, but to have that vision one must come here by the rule of law. ...(full comment)

Letter: Immigration process

Living in St. Albans, VT and having family in the Greenfield area - the train will be a welcome change. ...(full comment)

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy

The message from Iberdrola Renewables promising to take corrective measures by year’s end is simply another delayed abatement while violations likely continue. The DEP re-inspection might not come for a year or more due to limited staff and funding. A known violation allowed to persist, even after found noncompliant with noise limit regulation, is ostensibly understood as a direct dereliction of MassDEP duties, who chief duty... is to enforce the law. ...(full comment)

Study: Monroe turbines too noisy