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I doubt if Obama has made any of the crude, insulting comments that have issued forth from Trump's mouth. As far as wanting jobs, the Republican-controlled Congress has DONE NOTHING for job creation in the past 5 years. They have passed nearly 60 bills to defund Obamacare and NOT ONE jobs bill. As far as living "Free", as long as you are owned by Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Insurance, Big Medicine, Big Agra and Big Corporate, your freedom is nothing but an illusion. If you want freedom, vote for Bernie Sanders. Trump cares nothing for you. ...(full comment)

Brown/My Turn: Trump’s all about ego, power

DPU isn't looking at facts, they are aggressively knee capping renewables in favor of an overbuilt, private profit export pipeline, and making freebies of whole communities' land, water, public health and any semblance of advocacy for all the people of this region: AND enabling price gouging. There will NEVER be any benefit to citizens. With the enormous payout from exports there is no chance that we have any integrity on this matter. ...(full comment)

DPU OKs pipeline-gas co. contracts

How is Trump any different than the current president?The president derides and name calls those who don't see his view on the world. Maybe the right has said it is time to be like the left. After all it has worked for the democrats. ...(full comment)

Letter: Troubling personality

You have been a victim of a corporate scam. When have you ever seen new utility company projects result in lower prices? Ever? We are going to wind up paying the price, both literally and figuratively, for this pipeline. Our rates, perhaps in the form of fees or assessments, will go up to fund the project, and we will pay the price of increased pollution (noise, construction, and, worst of all, emissions and possible leaks or explosions, which will be mismanaged, as history shows, by Kinder-Morgan). These jobs you speak of will be few and short-term, and many of them done by non-locals, again, per KM's track record. Please look into this a little more deeply. Kinder-Morgan and the gas providers are selling you a bad bill of goods. ...(full comment)

Letter: Build the pipeline

People are being manipulated by racism, false moral canards, and vague values discussions into voting against their own interests. What is never put forward honestly is how every protection for public health and well being, food, water, and air, is being dismantled, education is being gutted, the idea of retirement, or collective bargaining to achieve fairness, or even the notion of limits to human cruelty (e.g. human rights) is no longer even a thought. Meanwhile, the .01% fuel hate speech, target social groups, and are behind the scenes in militarization and privatization of everything. What we get from the communications they own are "reality shows" and these then become the political process, where "outrageous" and rambling tangentiality replace intelligent, reasoned discussion. Our nation is devolving. A tiny fraction of people own half the wealth, and are withdrawing it: sucking the life out of our country. They study the masses to see what will best manipulate them. So we get whatever poll driven brand of A or B that will serve their interests. Vote for Bernie. It might be the last chance we have of getting out of this death spiral, if its even possible. ...(full comment)

Letter: Sanders for change

Which is why battery storage is on its way, and why simple heat pumps are a good adjunct. Quite a number of folks in the area find geothermal effect, too. Fixing insulation, and adding weather stripping can also be very useful. ...(full comment)

Letter: Sun power

I appreciate your perspective, but the benefit of the jobs created or concept of gas for our use is short term. Benefits are far outweighed by actual risks of having this NED come in here. See DelawareRiverkeeper.org -see the Delaware Riverkeeper series on Youtube.com to learn fast what really happens from townsfolk and municipalities like our own, who have been economically and land/river devastated by pipelines. There is no domestic price protection on the fracked gas being pushed through the pipe FYI: pipes that are 30% thinner steel in rural areas in flood planes prone to Valley-wide flooding. and seismic shifts. Thinner welds, thinner pipes and Mother Nature is a cranky gal, of late. Would you buy a new car with 30% thinner tires, 30% less sturdy bumpers, 30% weaker drivetrain, 30% less efficient winddshield wipers or 30% less steering capability or 30% less effective airbags or 30 % less effective safety belts? That's what you can get in this NED pipeline, right here. Research corrosion of steel in flood planes and only 4 foot down in the rich soil in your neighbor"s fields. 30 % thinner, prone- to -corrosion and lateral weld -failing, made-in -China- yep, not US, steel. Gas is truly unavailable to us locally, shortages they will create- for rate payers. Dangerous, toxic fracked gas goes to foreign markets , period. Then it will create a supply issue right here. Your local rates will go up to match pricing in Europe. The access to the gas is not controlled by local demand, it is controlled by a large public big 4 oil co. co. seeking to pump it offshore fast, to export to get max profit for the shareholders who have come to expect a 15% return, off wrecking your rivers and fields and wrecking our safe way of living. Berkshire Gas is a Spanish owned Co. , Iberdrola, that is not concerned with meeting your personal gas needs, though the people who do work here locally are very nice and we want them to have jobs. Know they are not in control, of supply and demand. That is being manipulated by the big boys -like Rich Kinder of Kinder Morgan who is running the 3rd or 4th largest domestic energy conglomerate, behind Exxon and Chevron. Gas shortage will happen by market manipulation, and then local rate payers will be stuck paying a premium. Google safety of fracked gas pipelines. For your kids and neighbors.By the way, how Do we put out a 200 to 300 foot fireball under the electric transmission lines when Hurricane Irene Number 2 has snapped the pipeline across Franklin Cty. Valley floor in multiple spots, say in an epic storm that brings down the grid with massive fires, so you cannot possibly get power unless you have back up in place, for weeks on end? Gas would have to burn out between valves, for hours, across our lands and roads and rail yards, East to West, and across our water supply lines that are going to be sited above those pipes. Those will be blown up. FEMA is outgunned by Mother Nature. We are destined to be hurt. When, not if. Go on youtube, watch Gasland for free. Google the daylight out of this for your own safety. ecomment, ferc.gov Docket PF14-22-000 until 8/31/15. I feel strongly about this. I respect your opinion, but I offer my own, in opposition. Post a Comment Display Name: ...(full comment)

Letter: Build the pipeline

The Species that would benefit by a pipeline in our pristine lands and rivers are the shareholders in KMI. Kinder Morgan. Pays a 2 buck dividend when biz is off by about 30%.Please google about HOW they build pipelines fast versus maintain them during & after build out. Google: 300 Line Water Fouled 4 Counties in PA. NED pipeline is slated for tie in to 300 Line in PA. Our water and land is going to be devastated, see DelawareRiverkeeper.org -see the Delaware Riverkeeper series on Youtube.com to learn fast what really happens from townsfolk and municipalities like our own, who have been ecomomically and land/river devastated by pipelines. There is no domestic price protection on the fracked gas being pushed through the pipe FYI: pipes that are 30% thinner steel in rural areas in flood planes prone to Valley-wide flooding. and seismic shifts. Thinner welds, thinner pipes and Mother Nature is a cranky gal, of late. Would you buy a new car with 30% thinner tires, 30% less sturdy bumpers, 30% weaker drivetrain, 30% less efficient winsdshield wipers or 30% less steering capability or 30% less effective airbags or 30 % less effective safety belts? That's what you can get in this NED pipeline, right here. Research corrosion of steel in flood planes and only 4 foot down in the rich soil in your neighbor"s fields. 30 % thinner, prone- to -corrosion and lateral weld -failing, made-in -China- yep, not US, steel. Gas is truly unavailable to us locally, shortgages they will create- for rate payers. Dangerous, toxic fracked gas goes to foreign markets , period. Then it will create a supply issue right here. Your local rates will go up to match pricing in Europe. The access to the gas is not controlled by local demand, it is controlled by a lage public big 4 oil co. co. seeking to pump it offshore fast, to export to get max profit for the shareholders who have come to expect a 15% return, off wrecking your rivers and fields and wrecking our safe way of living. Berkshire Gas is a Spanish owned Co. , Iberdrola, that is not concerned with meeting your personal gas needs, though the people who do work here locally are very nice and we want them to have jobs. Know they are not in control, of supply and demand. That is being manipulated by the big boys -like Rich Kinder of Kinder Morgan who is running the 3rd or 4th largest domestic energy conglomerate, behind Exxon and Chevron and We can Easily Killutron or whatever it is called. Gas shortage will happen by market manipulation, and then local rate payers will be stuck paying a premium. Google safety of fracked gas pipelines. For your kids and neighbors..By the way, how Do we put out a 200 to 300 foot fireball under the electric transmission lines when Hurricane Irene Number 2 has snapped the pipeline across Franklin Cty. Valley floor in multiple spots, say in an epic storm that brings down the grid with massive fires, so you cannot possibly get power unless you have back up in place, for weeks on end? Gas would have to burn out between valves, for hours, across our lands and roads and rail yards, East to West, and across our water supply lines that are going to be sited above those pipes. Those will be blown up. FEMA is outgunned by Mother Nature. We are destined to be hurt. When, not if. Go on youtube, watch Gasland for free. Google the daylight out of this for your own safety. ecomment, ferc.gov Docket PF14-22-000 until 8/31/15. ...(full comment)

Letter: Fragmented thinking

From today's NYTimes, noting that new studies show that methane leaks are higher than originally expected, equal to about 37 new coal-fired power plants: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/science/methane-leaks-in-natural-gas-supply-chain-far-exceed-estimates-study-says.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 ...(full comment)

Letter: Build the pipeline

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)

Letter: Build the pipeline

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)

Letter: Build the pipeline

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)

Letter: Speak out on pipeline

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)

‘Let’s not be colorblind’: Turners Falls residents demand town racism awareness training