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)
In honor of those who protect & service - Keep it going!!
LEOs, Firefighters, EMS
Listed below are some reasons to join in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started by Pat Quinn & Pete Frates to raise ALS Awareness.
These are a few of the names of LEOs, Firefighters, EMS across North America who have heard “You have ALS”.
Some have lost their battle with ALS while others are living with ALS today.
Police In Pursuit to ArrestALS
Firefighters Fight to ExtinguishALS
EMS Respond to EndALS
In honor/memory of:
Alan Burton, Sheriff's Captain
Alfred Lloyd Hendsbee, Detective Corporal
Andrew Todd Adams, Captain
Armen Tamakian, Asst Chief
Brian Sanford, Fire Chief
Burton Peter Mortensen
Calvin John Crockett, Field Sgt.
Casey Ross Cornelius
Charles Francis "Skip" Kelsey
Clarence “Bully” Nakaahiki
Claudia Whelchel Burrows
Cliff Williams, Fire Dept Chaplain
Daniel Lawerence Poe
David F. Lamoree
David H. Walters
David W. Egbert
Dominick Calabrese, Jr
Don D. Delka
Donald B. Johnson
Donald C. Gustin
Sgt. Ed Pane
Edmond “E.N.” Brown, Police Chief
Edward Joseph Tracy
Ernest Danyew (Military Police)
Firefighter Cluster of ALS Deaths in Canada
Foster Lisle Talge Jr., Sr.
Frederick P. Parker
George T Sims, Jr
Herman C. Smith
James Arthur Dalthorp
James B. Brokovich
James B. Kinney
James Bryan MacIntosh
James L. Johnson Jr.
Sgt. James Malcolm Strong
Jeffrey Ford Pittman
Jim Blair, Captain
Jimmy E. Driever
Corporal John Anderson
John C "Jack" Dolan, Jr.
John Stephen Massa
Joshua Allen Kennedy
Leslie Don Taylor, Police chief
Lowell "Punk" Williams
Police Corporal Mark Riddering
Noel F Lyons
Odis "Dudley" Marvin Sanders, Sr
Patrick O'Connell, Asst Chief
Patrick T. Digby
Paul Brummett, senior corporal
Pete Sharman, Detective
Phil Kelleher, Fire Chief
Richard "Dick" Forrest
Richard "Red" Hudson
Richard G. "Dick" Downing
Richard W. Poucher, Lt.
Robin J. Tomlin
Roger Jessup Lloyd
Sgt. Roger A. Petrone, Jr.
Ronald A. Stephenson
Ronald L. Clemens
Samuel “Bulldog” Smith
Shaun Probert, Fire Lt.
Sgt. Bob Madden
Sgt. Robert (RJ) Anderson
Stephen Harry Peery
Stephen T. D’Angelo
Thomas Flickinger Sr, Police Lt
Thomas O. Pilkington
Thomas W. Ohlson
William D. Kling
William Samuel Christian Jr.
Winston Charles Padgett
Ice Bucket Challenge - challenge your fellow brothers/sisters/departments
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Finally, we found a man here in the United States who understands that the hydrogen reactor "Symphony 7A" is an existing device, which works in contrary to many laws of physics and produces 208,000 liters per hour of pure hydrogen. If someone has any doubts, please invite any reputable company to conduct your own tests.
Solar Hydrogen Trends Inc.
As I understand it, the article was minimum sentencing for anyone caught with the drug. Not everyone who uses a drug is selling it, and jail isn't always the best approach to intervention: in fact it guarantees that with a criminal record, efforts at recovery will be severely hampered.
If we experience rolling blackouts, it will be because of market manipulations: these blackouts occurred in California during the Enron era of market manipulations, and what is going on in this region is yet another example. We need reforms to the market, not a giant pipeline infrastructure shipping grid for shipment overseas. We are being played. Yes, we need to take steps to address energy policy: the largest growth sector for manufacturing in Massachusetts has been solar: we have corporations here in MA that could do the job, and many communities in our region are ready and willing to participate- especially if it will help our state and region. ...(full comment)
“Studies have shown that by adding this type of capacity, not only does the price come down, but the volatility comes down.” As another comment so aptly points out, the volatility assessment is based on a self-interest perspective that would do much more harm than good to our environment. Plus, it comes with a price-tag that would add more financial burdens on rate payers. ...(full comment)
The volatility is caused by gas investment market manipulations.
It has escaped no one's attention that the 20% of gas that Massachusetts already buys doesn't arrive: because pipelines leak. It has also escaped no one's attention that gas investment interests lobbied hard at the statehouse and succeeded in getting a mighty protracted period of decades in which to fix these leaks, that endanger everyone. This is essentially worthless. Don't expect any of that to happen soon. Any break in gas volatility will be short lived. 4-5, and some say, six BILLION dollars on electricity ratepayers backs, on top of the burden of the 22Billion we are still paying on "The Big Dig". This is merely another wealth transfer from Massachusetts' families and small businesses to the obscenely wealthy .01%.
This gas is headed to export, and the "volatility" and "crisis" are fueled by gas investment interests, and "surprise" can only by remedied by a giant, overbuilt pipeline? This is a case where "p--ing on our collective leg and telling us it's raining" seems an apt analogy. Kinder Morgan is an investment company, whose primary concern is shareholder dividends, and they will make money whether this benefits our state or not. Looking at what occurs, it is clearly gas investment market manipulations that are the problem: a very deliberate problem. "Studies"? no. hyperbole. We subsidize the gas investment industry to the tune of 41 Billion dollars a year: they have tax deferments that stretch indefinitely, and are massively exempt from federal law or much genuine oversight whatsoever. We have paid this massive subsidy for years, just like all other Americans, and in return, gas investment interests have gouged this region. Now they want a path to take gas that we have subsidized to sell abroad for private profit. A League of women voter's study found that with exports, recoverable unconventional gas could be exhausted within seven years. This doesn't sound like much of an investment for us.
Denise Andrews has a broader perspective. Our jails are already overwhelmed and minimum sentencing insures that they will be further overwhelmed. There is also a difference between using and trafficking. Meanwhile cuts to nearly every recovery program in the state have left few facilities available to treat these problems. Jail is not a solution for addiction. ...(full comment)