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Fracked Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts?

On July 30, 2014 from 11 AM to 1 PM, there will be a rally at the State House in Boston to welcome and join the “rolling marchers” who are walking to protest a proposed pipeline of fracked gas running through their communities. 

This is a proposed high-pressure gas pipeline to run from New York, to Richmond in Berkshire County and through to Dracut, north of Boston. 

Petitions in opposition to this project will be presented to the legislature and governor.  You can sign them here:

Brief Overview

The company planning this pipeline is Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.  The project is called the “Northeast Expansion Direct.”

The cost of this pipeline is estimated at 3 billion dollars (some of) which would be paid by a new tariff on electric ratepayers. 

This proposed pipeline would run through hundreds of private properties including farmland and apple orchards in the hill towns of Western Massachusetts!

It will need to cross over or under the Connecticut River, and will involve compressor stations every forty to sixty miles (to maintain the high pressure needed for the gas to travel through an interstate pipeline).

The project requires a “certificate of convenience and necessity” from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  If TGP receives this certificate, the company can take property by eminent domain – including land with conservation restrictions! 

Right now it looks like this project has been invited into the state, as the state seeks to expand pipeline capacity.  This has been a “behind closed doors” process. 

Natural gas is touted as “clean energy” because of its low carbon dioxide emissions, but leaks in extraction and transmission emit methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas.  Leaks also cause fires and explosions.  Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) devastates the environment in areas of the country where natural gas is extracted in this way.  It destroys the water table as well as uses millions of gallons water as poisonous chemicals (up to 600) are used to drill out the gas.

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