"According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the SIX New England states consumed a total of 889 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2013. Their data also show that New England's natural gas inflow capacity is currently at 1,709 Bcf/yr. This figure does not include the additional capacity of up to 150 Bcf/year from the regions three LNG import facilities, that have been mostly idle." . . . this from a recent scholarly letter to FERC. The whole case for this massive overbuild is collusion among gas investment entities looking to pipe Marcellus gas to export terminals in Bear Head, Goldboro and the other three LNG terminals located in Northern Maine, and Atlantic Canada. Kinder Morgan has a fleet of tankers on order. This is an export pipeline: this is even discussed in their literature, their board meetings and in contact with their investors. This is graft and theft on a massive scale, and complete abuse of eminent domain. All but one of their customers are those of their existing pipeline in Southern Massachusetts, which is now being aggressively marketed in Connecticut. The remaining "customer" is one in which they appear to have part ownership. This whole project is riddled with conflicts of interest, advertising hyperbole that passes for news, and misinformation. They are currrently sponsoring phone calls all over the area from telemarketers in India, funneled through a website in Boston. If this kind of thing can occur in this nation, there really is NO rule of law any longer.
This will be, in essence, theft of U.S. gas for private profit: we've been forced to subsidize this industry under the guise of "energy independence": this will force us all to compete with other nations for gas we have, in essence, been forced to pay for: just to enrich a small number of extraordinarily greedy individuals; with no benefit to this region, its people, its government, or indeed to anyone. The toll of this will be devastating. Coupled with the fact that with well decline, massive exports will require more and more and more destruction of land, water, and habitat in the U.S. This is obscene. ...(full comment)
Berkshire Gas is actually Spanish-owned energy co., Iberdrola. # 1 energy provider in Europe, FYI. Kinder, is # 3, US - behind Exxon and Chevron. They are the biggest pigs who seeks to get more, more, more of this gas to export and then sell it to you, here, at higher prices, via a shortfall they create themselves-taking our land, our safety and our Valley. Gas in $6.93 in Europe - as of July, and sub 3 bucks in US. See where I am going? Kinder Morgan seeks the path of least resistance to pump out the gas, via our sweet valley, to market in Europe, via Canadian transit. The whole pipeline will result in higher domestic prices and it will deplete the Marcellus Shale-a gas find which is unregulated. A find that that we need to last longer ~ for our kids and their kids. Keep Kinder Morgan out of your neighbor's yards, fields, and rivers here, and your gas prices will stay down. There is no pricing guarantee if they get this in. They will deplete the reserve and quickly raise your prices, citing scarcity. They will have created the scarcity, but you will be the one to pay. Get educated and fight for your valley, please, before the # 3 big gas/oil giant wrecks our farms and rivers to make 7 Billion off our backs and our neighbors backs. It ain't right. It ain't infrastructure. It is a for profit, a huge, toxic, flammable time bomb of a multi-state transit route for getting their highly flammable, toxic, fracked gas to export. It will not be pretty. It will ruin us when if blows in a Hurricane or epic 100 year storm. We will pay more if it gets in. We have no tools across the route to fight a 200 foot fireball, burning between valves- that may or may not shut off. Google: Kinder Morgan's Safety Record- not on their website, though. Google: Kinder Morgan convicted in 5 deaths, Walnut Creek CA Nov. 9, 2004. Get ready to join up, because this is seriously going to impact you- not with lower prices but with clear and present danger, and higher prices. My Gram would have said "smarten up!" ...(full comment)
The Mayor says that being number two in the State with the tax rate doesn’t mean anything? He also says our rate has to be higher because "...we don't have a lot of people contributing to the base."
Our tax rate wouldn’t 'have to be' higher if our SPENDING were lower! It's not, or not just, the small base, it's the SPENDING per capita. Maybe if we stop SPENDING money on sculpture installations, splash parks, dog parks, outdoor TV sets (Seriously, it's in front of Town Hall), security cameras to watch over the outdoor TV, $110,000 portable performance stages, $130,000 proposed (but thankfully halted) precinct cash giveaways, proposed parking garages, and $5 million (!) broadband networks (regarding which even The Recorder has suggested we cool our jets) to name but a few, we could have a lower tax rate. These are all great projects, I'm sure, but we simply don't have the money. (And before anyone goes there, please don't bring up 'grant money' because, ultimately, that comes from us, too, and grant money rarely covers the full upfront cost, or ongoing operation and maintenance.)
Perhaps one contributing factor to our small base is high taxes? And if we were to curb SPENDING and lower the tax rate, you know what that would mean? Lower taxes!
After receiving a nearly $200,000 tax break from the Mayor and the Town Council, which I understood from an earlier article opens the door for another possible tax break from the State, Robert Cartelli responds by pointedly thanking only those that favored the tax break, and publicly attacking those who opposed it as not being 'business friendly' and 'lacking vision'.
A lot of people in town have a vision, too, a vision of a Greenfield that doesn’t raise property taxes every year, a vision of living in a Town that doesn't have the second highest property tax rate in the State of Massachusetts, a vision of goods and services, including new cars, being more affordable if homeowners could get a break and we all owed less in real estate taxes.
I'm really taken aback that the response to this largesse from the Town was anything more than, "Thank you so much! I really appreciate what you just did for me!"
Wow!!! I'm sorry, but I've got to say it- this gives new meaning to the term "stabbed in the back!!" Lol...poor guy! As for the woman, I hope she is treated properly for whatever illnesses she clearly has! Jail is not always the place for mentally I'll people, they need to go somewhere where they can be treated for their problems! ...(full comment)
Yep, Berkshire Gas is Spanish-Owned, Iberdrola. Gas is going for almost 7 bucks in Europe, half that here. They want that fracked gas pumped export it to Europe on New England's back, on our dime, through our yards. The pipeline is a multi-state transmission line, not an answer to the (fake) moratorium created to make you think we need it. And, jobs for pipeliners are going to be taken by union guys with campers who travel the US doing it when a job is posted. They will not pay for much besides beer and drugs and coffee and unsavory ladies for hire. They will sleep in campers and they won't be from here. ...(full comment)
One fact mentioned in this article is particularly troubling, that of the "hydrofracking chemicals that travel with the gas ... many of them ... proven carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, and neurotoxins" being released periodically in the area. There is nothing that can justify such long term damage to our environment. ...(full comment)
But what's the point of attracting new businesses to Greenfield if they all get big tax breaks, as you are suggesting? "Business-friendly" does not mean Greenfield residents need to "give away the store," so-to-speak. That's a race to the bottom, and taxes in Greenfield are already ridiculous due in part to all these exemptions, abatements and giveaways. And it's not like Ford could just pick up and move to a neighboring town; there's only so many advantageous places for a car dealership to locate, and Greenfield gets the most traffic in Franklin County. Not to mention they've been there for 50+ years, employing people all along, so why the need for the tax break now? Frankly I don't see what the point was. As a reward for renovating? Good, can residents get one if they upgrade their houses, too? ...(full comment)
The meeting and commentary will allow residents to make their opinions and questions known, to your Senate President and local Sen. , Stan Rosenberg. This is a critically needed session which will allow residents to voice their opinions and ask questions related to the Proposed NED pipeline. General consensus is that people see the pipeline as a step toward making the biggest infrastructure blunder in Mass. since the 1600s. The for profit, for export, multi state transit flammable pipeline set in your valley will take away lands and waters by destruction and damages, at build out and via strong arm on neighbors, protected lands, private lands, and state forests. NED will result in job loss, land and home loss, farm loss and much pride and vitality will also be lost in our dear communities. Our fire depts. have no equipment, no training or person power for a 200 foot high, 1000 foot wide, valley-wide blow up. For a short term solution, building it out across yards, farms, and even under the grid in an arrogant power play that will make Kinder Morgan richer at the cost of land, waters, and our precious farming community up and down the line. Berkshire Gas is a Spanish owned energy giant, Iberdrola, and gas is fetching $6.93 in Eur. in July, vesrus sub $3 here. Pumping via interstate transmission, not local delivery, ensures Iberdrola/ Berkshire can sell in 2 markets, get quick profits, and raise your rates when the Marcellus Shale find is depleted, in 5 or so years, who knows. It is not infrastructure; it is a short term power grab with long term effects here, on all our backs. Google: Kinder Morgan fined for dumping, bribing and even 5 lost lives of Water District Subcontractors, Walnut Creek, C A. Google, and start acting fast. Your Valley, state, and Water and next door neighbors will thank you. You deserve to be respected in your homes, your yards, your communities and by your service providers, your Gov.Baker and the FERC. ...(full comment)