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Thank you Susan for your articulate and well informed letter. I hope the folks who are in reaction and fear mode will heed your good advice and welcome the detox center. ...(full comment)

Letter: Detox center at Lunt

RedBar, before you make assumptions about the false promises of jobs that would come about with this pipeline, please do some research on this. Workers are for the most part brought in and the jobs are temporary. The pipelines and compressor stations are unmanned and remotely monitored. Also, if you are concerned about your grandchildren, please do yourself a favor and do some research on the health and environmental effects of these pipelines and compressor stations, and please look into the environmental record of Kinder Morgan, a company that is well known for pipeline accidents and safety violations. We would be doing a great service to our grandchildren and the whole world by investing in more clean energy and conservation. ...(full comment)

Rosenberg calls for FERC hearing delay

The so called "open and transparent process" is an Orwellian advertising slogan repeated in the media incessantly, while the actual behavior by Kinder Morgan is gamey and disingenuous. And FERC sets NO limits and doesn't even hold them accountable to required steps in the process. When an individual acts the way Kinder Morgan does in its smallest actions, they get diagnosed with "character disorder", one branch of which is sociopathic personality disorder. That is the label that best fits what this entire industry has become. And this is all about the heist of American resources for private gain. The U.S. as extraction colony for the .01% and their willing toadies. ...(full comment)

Pipeline co. files report with FERC

Another EXCELLENT article on the NED pipeline. This reported ROCKS! Sam ...(full comment)

Gas pipeline ‘need’ based on winter peak demand

It's great to have the support of our neighbors across the border. We need much more of that kind of support to fight this criminal conspiracy. ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline opposition

I too am proud to support Holly and Gordy in their efforts to secure legal counsel and fight Kinder Morgan's planned route. Here's a link to the GoFundMe page mentioned above http://www.gofundme.com/wrxwu8 - The GoFundMe page contains video of Holly's testimony before the DPU. ...(full comment)

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

The greater SF area is losing a great asset. It's been such a pleasure working with Mary. It's evident that she cares about the people of West County. I wish her luck in her new job and new home. ...(full comment)

Vilbon made business association ‘greater’

Baker's DPU is denying intervenor status to property owners, municipalities and elected representatives. The big show of last minute donations to his election by Kinder Morgan was exactly that: a show. This isn't the first time Baker has been involved in shady dealings. Massachusetts is still paying off the Big Dig and will be until 2030: that cost Massachusetts citizens billions: here we go again, but now on a scale that boggles imagination. LNG applications for export cite "18 quadrillion dollars . . . for pipeline and fossil fuel companies" over a twenty year period. Its pretty clear that Baker is in place to effect this, and denying legal enfranchisement to a whole region of the state is clear evidence of his real agenda. ...(full comment)

Critics: Spanish firm’s Berkshire Gas deal points to gas export

About time ...(full comment)

Deerfield River could host Olympic canoe slalom

It has always been like this with the DPU. Nothing changed. Shame on our reps to NOT prepare the public for the inevitable here. It will come. Its the way it's always been. ...(full comment)

State nixes anti-pipeline formal intervenor bids

I wouldn't trust the pipeline companies on this; in other areas where they've installed pipelines they've mostly brought in outside workers. Also, the "we need jobs" argument just doesn't work - fine, you may need jobs, but that doesn't mean that every single proposed infrastructure project is thus valid. We could also propose that we dig a series of ditches across the state and then fill them back in - wouldn't be a positive outcome for MA, but hey, it's jobs, right? And one commenter also notes that there needs to be "balance" - sorry, but employing a few dozen people for 6-12 months or so does not outweigh the vast environmental damage that this project will cost over decades to millions of people. Gas is yesterday's fuel, and many times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide - expanding our reliance on it, especially when we are going to start competing with other countries since it WILL be exported thanks to this project, makes zero strategic sense. ...(full comment)

Workers say support of pipeline not just about jobs now, but future development (and more jobs later)

An announcement in the Globe today states that Rush Limbaugh will be broadcast on local airwaves. Limbaugh has deep ties to Richard Kinder, and is known to promulgate hate speech and stir up racism, bigotry and violence against scapegoat groups. There is a strategic reason for doing this. If you watch the behavior of this type of entity elsewhere in the world, hate speech is used to divide whole nations against their own self interest. It has enabled half of U.S. wealth to be taken from our economy and sent off shore, while austerity measures are used to impoverish the rest of the nation. It also leads to domestic terrorism. This is a strategy of these entities who have no moral compass and no love for anyone other than those they use for profit. ...(full comment)

Workers say support of pipeline not just about jobs now, but future development (and more jobs later)

Eminent domain is being used for private profit in this case, with Baker's tacit agreement. The behavior of the DPU is a first of its kind in the nation, and violates the rights of property owners, towns and their elected officials. This is literally taxation without representation, since these landowners bear the added burden of subsidizing energy infrastructure on their properties; now they can be rendered into incineration zones by corporate fiat. There is no reason to ruin all this property or endanger human life, except for greed: no funding of pipeline safety; no real oversight of these entities, and now: no representation according to the DPU. ...(full comment)

State nixes anti-pipeline formal intervenor bids