Ed has done an unimaginably large and wonderful thing in revitalizing downtown. I hope that this can get worked out. It would be so bad to lose these anchors to our cultural and economic vitality. ...(full comment)
Kinder Morgan was specifically named in Federal Court ruling, citing both the company and FERC for segmenting pipeline projects and stating that this process cuts short necessary environmental impact studies and regional planning The court ruled that this is illegal. . . .
This "little" segment in Sandisfield, MA is actually part of an entire pipeline plan for the state of Massachusetts and should be treated as part of the entire project. ...(full comment)
Cannot compete with the Chinese unless we go back to ten hour days, doing away with the minimum wage, and paid vacations. The laws of the global economy demand this if America is to maintain a remnant of its industrial base.
This country no longer has much use for its working-class. ...(full comment)
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)
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.
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)
Good Point! Mr. Mass also feels that big box stores will help the local economy: right, close local businesses and buy from China while contributing to an entity that pays nearly nothing in taxes, and whose employees are paid so poorly that we subsidize their healthcare and food stamps. Way to go Mr. Mass . . . about as much of a poorly infomred fossil as could be imagined. God, look at Holyoke . . .
they are attracting clean energy businesses and redeveloping their city with creative use of green energy. that's the kind of thinking we should be seeing from leadership in Greenfield. ...(full comment)
"However, the land required for solar and turbines to meet our needs would swallow our local farms and destroy the landscape we depend upon for tourism."
Sooo, the answer is to build a pipeline that will swallow our local farms and destroy the landscape, and also be obsolete in 10-15 years and be much more poisonous and polluting than turbines or solar panels?
Mr. Mass needs a course in critical thinking. ...(full comment)
Jobs?? Ha! Yeah, for maybe a few months, and only if a few Greenfield residents happen to be in the local pipefitters union - I hear in PA these union members would often be from 2 hours away as they worked through various locations, they weren't local. And let's not forget the jobs that go away when half of Clarkdale's crop is destroyed so an ex-Enron billionaire can make a few more million before he heads to Hades.
These are short-term jobs - show me an area where the economy has blossomed due to a natural gas pipeline and maybe I'll believe you, but this is all about exports (why else would they be building so over-capacity?) - Greenfield and Massachusetts are barely going to benefit, but we will be paying for both the construction and the inevitable clean-up costs while Kinder Morgan reaps all the foreign profits. Gee what a great deal!
We are new to town but very much looking forward to next town council election to vote Mr. Mass out of office; his ideology blinds him to common sense and long-term thinking. He's not right for Greenfield, or the 21st century. I can't believe that any politician falls for this stuff these days with 150 years of fossil fuel slash-and-burn-business history to refer to; it's not that hard to figure out their business model is based on exploitation. Just look at Louisiana - oh how that state has just blossomed these past decades with all their pipelines... ...(full comment)
Here's a few more facts to chew on:
Gas investments deliberately lobbied to insure that repairs to leaking pipelines that bilk ratepayers of of 1.5 BILLION dollars in gas every year, won't have to be fixed for twenty years. Gas investments gouged the area for prices on the spot market. Gas investments purchased Brayton Point and took it off line five weeks later. Gas investments purchased Northeast Utilities, so now Nstar provides all "information" about energy needs: they posted profits all during the merger, by the way. Gas investments reported that "companies were forced to close" during winter, when in fact a subsequently illegal program prearranged this as an incentive: this was the subject of litigation, but was mischaracterized in the news. Sorry folks, but business owners and well-meaning, but really uninformed individuals in our state, are really being duped big time, and the future for our state in all of this is quite grim. ...(full comment)