Their company was recently purchased by Spanish giant Iberdrola. Prior to that, it spent 20 million in a failed attempt to purchase a Philadelphia company. (see Hartford Courant) It seems that lust for money is the only real policy, and pipelines are a means of stripping wealth away from hardworking Americans. If we are wise, as a state, we will stand up to this atrocity. This has no benefit whatsoever to our communiities, and there are other options, like Distrigas, that Sunderland companies can choose that will save lives now and in the future. ...(full comment)
This is obscene. Tearing up five square miles of MA pristine conservation and private land, forcing neighborhoods to live in incineration zones near the cheapest, flimsiest possible pipeline, operating under enormous pressure, and near live voltage. Running through drinking water supplies. Berkshire could fix their leaky existing pipes and stop cheating ratepayers. They could also engage in programs that conserve. They are fine squandering other people's lives, homes, and efforts for the future. They have demonstrated no concern for the consquences of their actions to others and this is outright threat. ...(full comment)
Out of context and all incorrect.
Final disposal of the Used Fuel has already been paid for by the ratepayers. There are two charges on every kilowatt-hour sold. One for the Decommissioning Fund and one for permanent disposal of Used Fuel. By law the used fuel will become the responsibility of the government, and it will pay for the disposal with the money in the fund. But there is no place for the Used Fuel to go right now, thanks to Senator Reid and anti-nukes. So the plants have to pay for it in Dry Casks, and they want the money already paid back. Federal courts have supported this and a lot of money has already been given back to several plants.
The NRC will continue to regulate many aspects of the decommissioning work, particularly the radiological safety. They just don't approve the overall plan. The owners and contractors can break up concrete without NRC approval. ...(full comment)
Maybe if Obama would stop dividing the taxpayers from the non taxpayers, and the rich form the poor, from those that work and those that don't, from those that legally enter the U.S. to those that don't, he would have the support of the majority. He has shown himself to be a poor mans Jimmy Carter. The President is negotiating just like Carter. Did Carter get the hostages out of Iran. No. President Regan did, and it did not take very long.
As Harry Callahan once said, "a man has to know his limitations", I think the President does not realize his. ...(full comment)
You also have not acknowledged the costs to serving such a large development in your estimation of the tax base. Also note that Walmart's leases often include clauses that prohibit competitors from occupying their spaces (if they leave for some reason) for 7 years - leaving the town with an empty shell for that time. ...(full comment)
$15/hour? You have that in writing? I have heard nothing of the sort. And you really think Walmart has become so successful by enriching communities? The evidence to the contrary is on the ground all over the country - again, you would think places like Holyoke, with all their big-box chain retail, would be thriving, but we know that's not the case. I am not anti-capitalism, I am anti-taxpayer-subsidized capitalism, and that is Walmart's entire business model (hence the poverty wages, which still require employees to use public subsidies to stay afloat, and the deserted downtowns in their wake). ...(full comment)
This proposed NED pipeline is unnecessary and a travesty of Kinder Morgan greed that may permanently destroy five square miles and much more, of Massachusetts' pristine land, farming, and water resources: all for this company's efforts to syphon off a U.S. asset for private gain. The enormous compressor stations, connected by the flimsiest possible leaky pipelines, will be belching VOC's, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, arsenic in tons over time, and God knows what else. This will permanently poison air, water and soil in this entire region. It is very clear that this company has no moral compass, and no regard for human health and well being. The meetings offered locally can best be described as Kafkaesque: where these amoral salesmen present lies and death with bland indifference. If a foreign national came to this land, and enacted this, there is a word for that. "Accidents" may, through insurance, may ultimately benefit their bottom line. It is appalling that eminent domain for private profit is becoming policy for the Federal Energy "Regulatory" Commission. It is not in place to regulate the behavior of these entities who pay their salary. It is increasingly evident that it is in place to regulate citizens while they are stripped of resources, property and even their lives by private corporations.
Your wrong about the tax base. Sales and property tax will greatly help Greenfield's bottom line. Add 200 new entry jobs and you will help our homeless neighbors pull up their boot straps. Walmart it self has admitted they will be paying $15 per hour. Your just anti capitalism. I hope Walmart comes to Greenfield. I will no longer order my family needs from the internet. I will then spend my hard working money in Greenfield. ...(full comment)
First, this will NOT increase the tax base - study after study shows that the services towns must provide to these types of developments do not pay off in sales taxes - just the extra policing alone will make it a wash. Second, great, a Wal-Mart as a new "entrance" to town - as if Walmart is always known for its beautiful architecture. Please. I'll take the trees. ...(full comment)