"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)
One "fact" you mention, that natural gas is a cleaner way to generate energy, is not true. Taking the extraction process into account, where methane is released directly into the atmosphere, natural gas is no cleaner than coal. In fact, methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, making the short-term consequences for climate change even more dire.
You place a lot of stock in our energy agencies/institutions having the public's best interests in mind. But they are run by energy insiders, who can expect jobs at these very same energy companies afterwards. There has been very little evaluation of alternative approaches to our so-called "crisis." Funny we heard little about this looming "crisis" just a few years ago; if the gas companies are so spot-on as you claim, they sure dropped the ball on this one, and our so-called "regulators" should be all over that. Instead, regulators evaluate the pipeline as the only possible answer. This project really is about taking advantage of a small and very solvable problem to extract public money to build a pipeline that will mostly be used to export natural gas to foreign countries (note that the pipeline coming from the Maritimes, where there is an export terminal, to Dracut recently was approved to reverse direction north by FERC) where they can get much higher prices. The same playbook is happening up and down the east coast, not just here. It's laughably obvious chutzpah, so it's sort of insulting to think how much they underestimated our critical thinking skills here in WMass. ...(full comment)
Our energy costs were no higher than that in states with brand new pipelines: even Pennsylvania, where gas is extracted. The paltry number of temporary jobs this will create is nothing compared to the lost jobs that will come when this gas is exported. The gas will be gone, and there will be nothing to replace it: money wasted on lies and no future. We'll be subsidizing the extraction industry while competing with other nations for our own resources. While the public has been duped by industry, we are far from "energy independent" and all of this will be taken to enrich a very small group of people, aiding Asia and other parts of the world while further impoverishing this nation. Time after time the ludicrous claims of the gas industry prove false. Estimates of recoverable gas have been downgraded. The human loss and suffering from this extraction technique will be profound: it already is. ...(full comment)
Everyone who is opposed to the pipeline should see the DVD "Gasland" that is from 2010 I think, and there is a Gasland 2 that I have not been able to acquire from the library yet.
You won't believe what is in this film. Scarier than anyone even imagines now. ...(full comment)
I applaud Mr. Madison, Ms Masla & Ms Douglass for their tireless efforts. I sincerely hope that the community of Turner's Falls steps up & becomes a shining example of the positive change that every community in this country so desperately needs. ...(full comment)
I believe the non Christians have said life is not important, especially minority lives after they have been born. In America they keep them in poor schools, in poor areas. But that is to keep them from being independent. ...(full comment)
You are trying to do this in a town that drove the blacks and their lifestyle out of town once before, Turners Falls in general is not racist but if you go there you need to accept those peoples long standing living standards.
It would be better if "You Christians" exercised your supposed pro-life credentials by combating war, domestic abuse, children living in poverty, gun violence, war and torture. Or is life no longer important once it is born? ...(full comment)
Guess what? You should probably consider moving to the middle of nowhere and going off the grid if your biggest.concern is Wi-Fi affecting your health. Your probably in contact with Wi-Fi every single time you go out in public, whether you realize it or not. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next ten years the whole country was wired this way. All of America's technology is affecting our health, but that's the way of the world these days. Is electricity affecting our health too? This article doesn't mention anything about any potential reasons this would be voted down which makes me think that the majority is for it. Go get laughed at the town meeting, and keep moving til your off the grid. ...(full comment)
If the project is approved by voters you will be continuously blasting people with wifi signals anywhere they are at all times whether they subscribe to the service or not and against their will if they voted no on the project. There are many people with wifi sensitivities that would be negatively impacted by this project. Please focus your valuable resources on something more important to the town and please do some research on the health impacts of wifi as I have not heard this mentioned once in the discussions about this project. I would seriously consider moving out of the town if this were to go through. ...(full comment)