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The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Robbins Memorial Church at 55 Munson St. The date noted in the Recorder is incorrect. Kathryn J. Scott, Administrative Assistant To the Town Council Clerk Town of Greenfield (413) 772-1555 x 113 ...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Robbins Memorial Church at 55 Munson St. The date noted in the Recorder is incorrect. Kathryn J. Scott, Administrative Assistant To the Town Council Clerk Town of Greenfield (413) 772-1555 x 113 ...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

We will be paying for the Big Dig until 2038. What began as a 2.5 billion dollar proposal mushroomed into a 22 billion dollar nightmare and "investments" in this were managed by Charlie Baker. This devastated communities all over the state as necessary funds were syphonned from local communities and diverted to this project. This was an enormous wealth transfer from Massachusetts citizens to private investors. We, as a state, are located between the Marcellus shale and the coast: we also have abundant water. If MA voters aren't smart, we are going to become the shipping grid for radioactive, chemically toxic Marcellus gas, and our water will be commodified and sold elsewhere in the years to come: this is happening in other places around the country whenever the radical GOP is in office; any work on our behalf will cease entirely. Whatever the public discussion is in order to get elected, that is the agenda. Socialize the costs: privatize profit. In other words: take as much of your money as possible so the obscenely wealthy can have more. ...(full comment)

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

As one of the people who is working in the resistance to the pipeline, I can't help but wonder about the the history of LaFleur's statement, which seems outrageous. How can FERC be so clueless about what's at stake here? Or do they not care? Is FERC so in the pocket of these huge corporations that they are dead to the reality of what these pipeline projects mean to us who live and work and build lives that will be destroyed if this pipeline goes through? Did Cheryl LaFleur really say, word for word, that FERC doesn't have time for environmental studies and they don't care about where this gas is going? Thank you for your letter and for keeping this issue alive. There are now dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website. I have read every single one of them, and it is clear that segmentation is illegal and is huge threat to the people of Sandisfield. It is also clear that Kinder Morgan is trying to circumvent due process so they can sneak their project past us. We must make sure they do not act above the law and that the public at large is made aware of what is happening to our community rights at the hands of $100 billion corporations. And, we must make sure that FERC hears the voices of the people they're affecting, loud and clear. ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline plans

Oh, and gas investment interests are completely exempt from superfund legislation, so Kinder Morgan was quite serious that accidents and spills create "job opportunities" but only if "communities can organize" in getting things cleaned up. Are these the kind of jobs we want for our children in Massachusetts. Do a google search of superfund sights already in Massachusetts, and communities like Woburn that have ongoing cancer clusters decades later. Where is our health department???? ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline plans

Jennifer, I'm representing the Pipeline Resistance and we would like to know your citation for Cheryl Lafleur's statement. Did you speak to her in person or on the phone or via email? To make such a statement indicates a level of negligence that causes considerable concern; we want to make sure her statement is completely -- word for word if possible -- accurate. Thank you very much for your letter and for continuing to keep this very grave subject in the public eye. To date, there are dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website, many personal testimonies that make it very clear that this project, if it goes forward, will be a disaster for our Commonwealth. Thanks again. ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline plans

Very interesting letter. Can you please list the source(s) of your many assertions. ...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Ritchard York, you've got to be kidding!!! ...(full comment)

Letter: Putin’s thinking

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)

Letter: Pipeline plans

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)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

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