April  7, 2017
 
 
 
 
CONNECTICUT EXPANSION:
DEP sticks by 401 Water Quality Certificate;
TGP files new request for tree felling

• On March 27, the Massachusetts DEP issued its final decision on the appeal of the 401 Water Quality Certificate, finding that the certificate was properly issued; minor revisions were made that do not effect the substance of the construction or tree felling plans. The petitioners who filed have until April 26 to appeal at the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.

• On April 6, 2017, TGP (Kinder Morgan) filed another request for notice to proceed (NTP) with tree cutting as soon as possible. Their new proposed schedule would have tree felling commence on April 17th. TGP claims that it has all federal authorizations, but several issues are still unresolved, as summarized in the Answer in Opposition to Request for NTP submitted by MassPLAN on April 7, making the case that tree felling should not yet be allowed.

CONTACT YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE!

Please contact the offices of Senators Warren and Markey (and Congressman Neal if you are a constituent), asking them to weigh in, as the Senators have recently regarding Spectra’s projects.

Request to Congressional Delegation regarding CT Expansion Project:
I am contacting your office to ask that the Senator (or Congressman) send a letter to FERC requesting that no tree felling be allowed for Kinder Morgan’s CT Expansion pipeline project while landowners await their day in court.

It would be fundamentally unjust for Commission staff to allow tree felling for this project when the Commission has, for a full year, prevented impacted parties from appealing the certificate order to federal court so that their legal challenges can be heard.

Senator Warren’s Office: (617) 565-3170
Senator Markey’s Office: (617) 565-8519
Congressman Neal’s Office: (413) 785-0325

ACCESS NORTHEAST / ATLANTIC BRIDGE:
Sen. Lynch requests suspension of
Weymouth compressor project

By Ed Baker, Wicker Local Weymouth
April 5, 2017

Congressman Stephen Lynch is requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to put Spectra Energy’s proposed compressor station project near the Fore River in Weymouth on hold until a complete investigation is done into a natural gas pipeline rupture that occurred in Providence R.I. on March 29.

“Following two gas leaks on Spectra pipelines in New England in a matter of months, I am increasingly concerned that the safety of local families is at risk,” Lynch said in a press release. “Proper safety measures must be put in place prior to moving forward with Spectra’s proposals for the densely populated neighborhoods of West Roxbury and Weymouth.”

“I am deeply concerned that Spectra Energy does not have the infrastructure in place to appropriately monitor gas leaks or potential safety hazards and I request that you suspend the use of the West Roxbury lateral segment of the Algonquin incremental Market Project as well as the Atlantic Bridge project, specifically the proposed Weymouth compressor station project on hold until this incident is fully investigated and public safety risks are mitigated,” he said Spectra Energy subsidiary Algonquin Gas Transmission received a conditional certificate from FERC on Wednesday, Jan. 25, to construct the compressor station.

The conditional certificate requires Algonquin to receive approval for its project plans from the state’s Office of Coastal Zone Management and several state environmental agencies.
Spectra experienced a natural gas leak at a company metering station near the Fore River on Jan. 6.

» Read full story

Grafton selectmen OK resolution opposing pipeline
By Susan Spencer,Telegram & Gazette Staff
March 21, 2017

Selectmen reinforced their opposition to a natural gas pipeline through town Tuesday by voting 3-2 to support a resolution opposing the high-pressure gas transmission pipeline proposed by Spectra Energy/Enbridge Corp. and Algonquin Gas Transmission Co.

» Read more

Rehoboth election results are in: Opposing compressor station 10 to 1
The Sun Chronicle
April 3, 2017

Rehoboth residents also voted in opposition to a proposed compressor station with 2,261 against and 224 in favor.

» Read original story

Enbridge and Spectra Energy complete merger
Pipeline News North
March 17, 2017


Enbridge Inc. announced Feb. 27 the completion of the previously announced stock-for-stock merger transaction to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Spectra Energy Corp.

In connection with the completion of the merger, the shares of common stock of Spectra Energy will be delisted from the NYSE and will be de-registered under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Common shares of Enbridge will continue to trade on both the NYSE and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ENB.”

» Read full story

Spectra Twitter account goes inactive

Since the merger, the Spectra Twitter account will no longer be active. Those who follow it, please switch to Enbridge.



APPEALS TO BAKER ADMINISTRATION

74 Conservation Commissions Send Letter of Pipeline Opposition to Gov. Baker

March 31, 2017
by Eugene Benson, MACC

Seventy-four city and town conservation commissions across Massachusetts urged Governor Charlie Baker to drop his support for wasteful and costly fracked-gas pipelines in Massachusetts on March 30, 2017. In a joint letter, the conservation commissions say new pipelines impede the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals in the Global Warming Solutions Act and Baker’s Integrated Climate Change Strategy.

Citing the large and geographically diverse number of signatories who are deeply concerned about the future costs of climate change from rising sea levels, extreme storms, heat waves and more, Eugene Benson, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Assocation of Conservation Commissions, called upon the governor to invest more rapidly in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“We need Governor Baker to fight to preserve and protect our habitats, not destroy them for fossil fuel profits and pipelines we don’t need, especially now when the environment is under attack by the Trump Administration,” Benson said.

A recent study by Synapse Energy Economics projects a major drop in natural gas use in New England under renewable energy policies already in place, and predicts the proposed Access Northeast pipeline will actually cost $6.6 billion, instead of its advertised $3.2 billion. Governor Baker and big utilities supported a proposal that would have charged consumers for the construction and operation of the pipeline, but this proposal was rejected last year by the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Hundreds of Small Businesses Call on Governor Baker to Oppose Pipeline Expansion

Mass Power Forward
March 21, 2017


On Tuesday March 21st, local business owners and concerned residents unveiled a list of hundreds of local businesses endorsing the Stop the Pipeline campaign from across the state. The effort was spear-headed by a state-wide coalition Mass Power Forward with press conferences in Seekonk, Canton and Dalton.

Endorsement forms signed by the 500 businesses from over 80 municipalities called on Governor Baker to withdraw his support of new and expanded gas infrastructure and asked him to keep our state moving towards a path of competitive clean energy like appropriately sited wind and solar.

The last five years has seen more than $8 billion dollars of proposed pipelines to built in the Commonwealth, though much of it has stagnated after a financial scheme to have a public subsidy floundered in the legislature. Gas companies appear wary to make the financial investment without a steady public subsidy. Residents along the expansion routes have expressed strong concerns.


SATURDAY — APRIL 8, 2017 — PLAINFIELD, MA

MONDAY — APRIL 10, 2017 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Eversource Rate Hike Hearing. The AG understands the out-sized impact of electricity costs in Western Mass. As a result, she coming to Pittsfield to testify AGAINST the Eversource rate hike. The $96 million increase request was filed with the Department of Public Utilities in January and would result in roughly a 7% increase ($8.45/month) for eastern Massachusetts residents, and 10% increase ($11.64/month) increase for western Massachusetts residents.
The DPU’s decision will be made by November 30, 2017 and if approved, the new rates will become effective on January 1, 2018. Massachusetts residents are welcome to attend the hearing or file any written comments by the close of business (5:00pm) on May 31, 2017 to make your voices heard!
6:00 PM
The Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA

MONDAY — APRIL 10, 2017 — W. ROXBURY, MA
Monday Evening Vigil against Spectra/AIM W. Roxbury Lateral

6:30 to 7:00 pm

Corner of Centre and Grove Sts

West Roxbury, MA 
(Across from the quarry)

APRIL 10-21 — US SENATE DISTRICT OFFICES
Meet US Senators or Staff About FERC Vacancies. The Senate Goes On Recess from April 10 to April 21. Plan a meeting with your Senators in their district offices to say:
• FERC approved pipelines are damaging communities and devastating the climate.
• FERC is so biased that its approval of pipelines is a foregone conclusion.
• FERC is abusing communities — stripping them of their legal rights and undermining the authority of state protections.
• Be a champion to demand that Congress take steps to dissolve FERC and replace it with an agency that is dedicated to a just transition off fossil fuels.
• Vote NO on Trump’s nominations to FERC until steps are taken to replace FERC.
» More information on available from Beyond Extreme Energy

FRIDAY — APRIL 21, 2017 — DALTON, MA ART SHOW POSTCARD - FULLOpening: "Wild Berkshires" Art Show Celebrating Berkshire Nature & Wildlife. The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) is pleased to announce its 1st Annual “Wild Berkshires” Art Show - a fundraiser for BEAT that features local artists celebrating nature and wildlife in their art. The art show is a major component of BEAT’s 1st Annual Spring Enviro Action Fair & Expo, taking place on May 13th. Both the art show and the expo will take place at The Stationery Factory Gallery in Dalton. 5:00 – 7:00 pm The Stationery Factory Gallery 63 Flansburg Ave.

SATURDAY — MAY 13, 2017 — DALTON, MA


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