December 6, 2017
 
 
 
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Liberty Utilities announces new pipeline proposal for New Hampshire:
Granite Bridge Pipeline

Liberty Utilities has been buying up New Hampshire heating utility networks to convert over to natural gas. This has created much speculation that they would be interested in a gas transmission line, particularly after the cancellation of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. A recent letter to the editor of the Keene Sentinel by John Balch was just one of a few instances voicing concern over the expanding network turning demand for into a larger pipeline project.

Aside from it’s already nearly completed 5-mile natural gas pipeline for Pelham, NH, and it’s interest in building an 11 mile pipeline to bring gas to the Upper Valley towns of Lebanon and Hanover, Liberty Utilities has just announce another pipeline project proposal, the Granite Bridge Pipeline.  This pipeline would affect eight towns between Stratham and Manchester, closely following the very busy Rte. 101, and would include LNG facility in an abandoned quarry in Epping.

» Read details of this pipeline proposal
Reports of gas blowdown in Richmond, MA
Residents of Richmond, MA reported that on Wednesday, Nov. 29, there was a large blowdown (release of natural gas from a pipeline valve station to relieve line pressure) at the Dublin Road Tennessee Gas Pipeline hub in Richmond, MA. This is the hub where the two lateral lines that head north toward Pittsfield and North Adams split off from the three 200 Line pipelines that continue on to Sandisfield. Some could see the release extending about 40 ft. into the air, others could hear the loud hiss resembling jet engine sound and could smell the mercaptan odorant very strongly.

Initial calls to Tennessee Gas’ office indicate that it was likely not a planned blowdown and occurred “on and off for about 40 minutes”.  They also denied that the blowdown would have been likely to involve blue flame (which would indicate combustion), as one witness reported, though they were also unaware of the event in general and had no further verified information.

We are looking for any information from any other witnesses to this event.
Check here for more details

Also, please remember that if you see a possible environmental problem, you can call 1-888-VIOLATE to the Massachusetts Environmental Strikeforce (usually one gets a recording and you have to leave a message) - or you can email: ESF.Hotline@state.ma.us .
If you live near any gas-related infrastructure and see unusual events, you can also report it to the watchdog group FracTracker through their website or phone app ( www. fractracker.org ). This is useful for aggregating reports of industry incidents, but shouldn’t be a substitute for also reporting to local and state authorities like your public safety officers or the Mass Environmental Strikeforce.

If you’re not comfortable with either of those options, (or if you’d like to to let us know anyway), you can call or email BEAT 413-230-7321 or team@thebeatnews.org.

Massachusetts Boards of Health Urge Caution About Health Risks of Fracked Gas Infrastructure

The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) are asking Boards of Health to sign on to a letter to Governor Baker, asking him to consider and appropriately address the health hazards of fracked gas infrastructure development.
Fracked gas contains a lot of threats to public health:
• cancer causing chemicals like benzene
• radioactive elements like radon
• small particles that cause respiratory damage and asthma

More than ​50 Boards of Health have approved signing onto it.
Residents of our other towns and cities to should ask their Board of Health to sign on to this letter as well. It would be a powerful message to send if every municipality in the state signed on!

Signing on to this letter to the Governor makes public health sense:
• asks that an independent comprehensive health impact study be done before approving any new infrastructure
• asks for priority for developing renewable energy sources and efficiency to cut down on fossil fuel use and emissions
» Check the list of 50 towns that have already signed on
to make sure your Board of Health isn’t already on board

Care to review and comment on the
4th National Climate Assessment?

Draft is now available for public review through January 31

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a United States government interagency ongoing effort on climate change science conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990.  The NCA generated by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) which coordinates a team of experts and receives input from a Federal Advisory Committee.

“The vision is to advance an inclusive, broad based, and sustained process for assessing and communicating scientific knowledge of the impacts, risks, and vulnerabilities associated with a changing global climate in support of decision-making across the U.S.”
    — NCA May 20, 2011 page2

The 3rd National Climate Assessment was released in 2014. This new Draft of the 4th National Climate Assessment has been peer reviewed 5 times and is currently available for public review and comment until January 31, 2018.

» Learn how
NEWS
Kinder Morgan says holding tank is source of contamination of 547,000 gallons of pipeline test water
By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle
November 27, 2017


SANDISFIELD — A holding tank for water used to test the integrity of a new pipeline here was responsible for a spike in contaminants, forcing the pipeline company to haul about 547,000 gallons of it to a wastewater treatment plant in Maine. Water drawn from Lower Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest to pressure test four miles of a natural gas spur will be trucked to a Clean Harbor facility in Portland that is approved to treat it, according to Kinder Morgan spokesman David Conover.

Hydrostatic pressure testing is required for all new pipelines before they can flow gas or oil. But before the water is released, its contamination can't exceed certain levels set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, under which Tennessee Gas has its permit to discharge water. Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. had originally planned to release the water into an upland area after drawing it into pipes in the Massachusetts portion of the company's 13-mile Connecticut Expansion Project.

But after September pressure tests, the water had higher levels of lead, copper, iron, nickel and zinc when compared to water samples analyzed before the tests began. Levels of tetrachloroethylene were also higher than before the water was used.

In this case, the company attributes the spike to a water storage tank.

"The elements were present in the tank used to store the water prior to testing it for discharge," Conover told The Eagle in an email. So in a late September filing with the EPA, the company said that it had hired industrial water treatment outfit ProAct Services Corp. to build a system on site in an attempt to reduce contaminant levels.

It appears that did not work.

» Read the full story

For more news on various pipelines, FERC and the industry, check out the
Latest News Tab on our site.

EVENTS
THURSDAY — DECEMBER 7, 2017 — BOSTON, MA
Public Improvement Commission (PIC) hearing. PIC intends to grant permits to National Grid to begin construction of this 1.1 mile ‘gas main extension’, despite the fact that they had seemingly promised advocates that they would wait until NGrid had held a series of public meetings.  Supposedly the PIC will not allow NGrid to begin work until these meetings have taken place, but those opposing take the position that the meetings are a sham if our public input has no impact on the outcome.  Needless to say, the Boston Clean Energy Coalition is opposed to a major project that will increase the use of fracked gas in the city, and we are doing all we can to get that message out. 
Please see the Facebook event page, and visit Boston Clean Energy Coalition website to get on the mailing list.
10:00 AM
Boston City Hall, Room 801
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA

MONDAY — DECEMBER 11, 2017 — BOSTON, MA
Hearing on net zero carbon buildings. Please plan to attend this event as well, shake your networks, spread the word.  We as climate justice activists need to become much more educated in addressing the built environment.  We see this hearing as a start.  Please join this effort in any way that you can.
» Facebook event page
2:00 PM
Boston City Council Chambers
Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA

MONDAY — DECEMBER 11, 2017 — PAWTUCKET, RI
Nonviolent Direct Action Training. This workshop offers an introduction to the history of nonviolent direct action and its implementation as well as examples of intersectionality within our community/movements, affinity groups and their formation, consensus decision making, and a discussion on self-care and community care. This workshop is meant to help prepare people to participate in actions, plan their own actions or just to have a deeper understanding of direct action.
6:00 – 9:00 PM
The FANG Collective
545 Pawtucket Ave.
Pawtucket, RI

» Register for this training
» RSVP and spread the word on Facebook

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