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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

I believe you are getting your numbers on German energy and German electrical consumption confused. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_Germany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_Germany ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

The company also suffered from mismanagement, nepotism, a large lawsuit loss and threatened suits for patent infringement. While the union deserves blame for its failure to embrace changes in technology, management is equally to blame for its failure to impose it and manage the dynamics of the business. Lamson had a strong management team about 10 years ago, was earning good money, innovating and growing – from about $4 million to $11 million in sales. But greed set in. A classic case if ever there was one. The firm had business disruption insurance and I guess must have cancelled it before the flood. A Union lock out is a death knell, you still have to pay your bills but you have no income, your cash just runs out the door. You cannot stiff your vendors and expect to retain their loyalty. It goes on and on and then it stops, in this case, at the courthouse door. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

Problems, what problems? The only problem is that a DPH estimated 130,000+ people, most of whom do not have the space or ability to grow their own nor have a reliable black-market source (a person with a recommendation and who is carrying it is immune from prosecution) are being $h!t upon by bureaucrats who are functionally illiterate. The law clearly commanded DPH to have at least one 'dispensary' in each county already be registered by the end of last year and would have produce for sale months ago. The law clearly commanded the process of granting or denying a registration was to take 90 days from the DPH's receipt of a complete application and that process was to be fully developed within 120 days following January 1, 2013. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Kinder Morgan will also be sending representatives to a Northfield select board meeting-- tonight (Aug 19th) at 7:00 PM at PVRS. ...(full comment)

Conway to host pipeline meeting

Let us make this point, there never was a Palestine land. Read your history, no Arab country wanted the Palestinians in their countries. Israel should move the borders to the land they had at the end of the 67 war. With the exception of the Sinai peninsula since they made a lasting peace with Egypt. ...(full comment)

Letter: Focus on Israel

show me a project for anything by the government that has come in close to the price tag stated. If state taxpayers had to pay for the big dig would you be happy? I am not happy the feds pick up the overrun of $$. That is something the state or the city it is put in picks up. Look at the bridges in San Fran, they might have to be redone. Who is going to pay for that, the builder who used bad bolts or the bosses of the inspector ( who said there is a problem) or the taxpayer? Maybe the safest thing is to not use the bridges and make people drive around. I remember driving though Harrisburg, PA and thinking how many bridges do they need. Most of them were no longer used as they were not safe. ...(full comment)

Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail

Only the U.S., China and maybe Russia ( I cannot remember how many warheads they retained after the breakup of the USSR and how many we purchased to destroy),possess the ability to wipe out civilization. More than someone trying to do that they will probably do something else. If one wants to destroy the U.S. or north America, they will more than likely get a device approx. 70,000 feet + over the middle of the U.S. They could use a weather balloon, plane or a ICBM. Detonate the device sending out an enormous EMP knocking out at least 85% of the electrical grid if not all that has not been protected. That would be devastating all communication would go out anything flying would drop like a fly. Think of it like the original "Day the Earth Stood Still". In all the exercises I participated in if you can get down to the Blue Ridge mountains you have a very good chance at survival due to the normal wind patterns. ...(full comment)

Hynes/My Turn: Terror unleashed

Vermont Yankee will NOT eliminate emergency planning of all types. No matter the activity - decommissioning or just "babysitting" used fuel in Dry Casks, they will be prepared for fires, personnel injuries from the tear-down work, and radiation events. The article is right in saying the EPZ (for radiation events) will SHRINK - not disappear. It can shrink because the hazard shrinks and the used fuel undergoes radioactive decay. When atoms decay they then have no more to give out, so the total amount of radiation source decreases with time. Opponents will say that a great injustice is proposed, but their fear in not supported by the evidence. ...(full comment)

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

There are half a dozen companies with Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) devices racing to the marketplace. If the Solar Hydrogen Trends claims are true, they have the best system to date because their reactor produces hydrogen gas rather than heat. We can easily use hydrogen gas to power cars, trucks, trains, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft with existing, well proven off the shelf technology. I have my fingers crossed and hope this development is authentic. It would shrink the switchover time required to replace fossil fuels with LENR from many decades to just a few years. ...(full comment)

Letter: An energy solution?

Dear Recorder Reader, Due to an error on my, Rev. Don Erickson's, part, there is a mistake in this article. Please Note: There will be no Tupperware table or Gold and Silver table. Repeat, there will be no Tupperware table or Gold and Silver table. I apologize for any inconvenience. Sincerely, Rev. Don Erickson www.ccnoat.org ...(full comment)

North Orange and Tully Village Fair set for Saturday