Still more evidence that new natural gas pipelines are an unneeded boondoggle.
Kathryn R. Eiseman, Commonwealth Magazine, 20 January 2015,
New gas pipelines can be avoided:
Back-up fuel incentives are the way to go,
LAST WINTER’S NATURAL gas price spikes, and resultant electric rate
hikes, continue to be used to justify the push for massive expansion
of gas infrastructure. Yet a successful program to incentivize New
England’s power generators to contract for back-up fuel for this
winter undermines the argument for more pipelines. This winter’s
lower wholesale gas and electric prices indicate that the rate hikes
themselves could have been avoided had such measures been more fully
implemented for the 2013-2014 winter.
Measures like contracting to buy gas from peak load plants that sometimes sat idle last winter.
And measures like storing gas when it’s cheap to use in the winter.
In fact, ISO-NE intentionally excluded LNG storage incentives from
last winter’s winter reliability program,
telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
that gas-market-related solutions “would
lower gas prices and send the wrong signal about the relative
scarcity of natural gas. These lower prices would also be reflected
in the electricity market.” In other words, allowing prices to
rise would help convince the public Continue reading New England doesn’t need more gas pipelines: stockpile instead →
Update 28 Sep 2014: With details from Bill Huston.
The main point remains:
“Supporting the pipeline proposal as it stands amounts to surrendering our future to the petroleum industry.”
That about sums it up, both for Kinder Morgan’s
Constition Pipeline Northeast Direct project (NED)
through Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts,
and for Spectra and FPL’s Sabal Trail pipeline through Alabama, Georgia,
Parry Teasdale wrote for The Columbia Paper of Ghent, NY 25 September 2014,
EDITORIAL: Stop this pipeline,
The proposed pipeline would reportedly run beneath 55 private
properties in Columbia County if it’s approved by federal
regulators. The property owners would have to grant rights of way to
the company. Neither the towns nor the county could intervene.
The editorial doesn’t really buy that last: it laster asks
local governments to intervene.
Opponents say that property values along and nearby Continue reading Stop this Pipeline –Columbia Paper not buying the script →
Safety, property values, insurance, schools: same concerns about Spectra’s
Algonquin pipeline as about its Sabal Trail pipeline.
Plus Algonquin runs by the safety-paper-forging Indian Point nuke!
Nothing to worry about, says Spectra’s Marylee Hanley,
same as she said about that compressor leak at Steckman Ridge,
and same as Spectra said about Searsmont, Maine, where residents
say they were lied to.
New York residents aren’t buying that; they don’t want their property and lives risked for LNG export profit.
They already had 50 people
in a meeting in July, and they’re doing more.
has actually denied a Spectra Algonquin pipeline permit before;
time to do it again!
Lanning Taliaferro wrote for Ossining-Croton-on-Hudson Patch 25 August 2014,
Opponents Set Sept. 3, 4, 13 Info Sessions on Natural Gas Pipeline Project,
Residents and elected officials throughout Westchester and Putnam Continue reading Citizens meet against Spectra’s Algonquin pipeline →
Spectra competitor Kinder Morgan is trying to fly under residents’
radar to gouge its hundred-foot
Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP)
right of way through Massachusetts.
This is another $3 billion boondoggle that, like
Spectra’ Sabal Trail pipeline through the southeast,
could easily be replaced by solar power and conservation,
which would keep LNG export from running up the price
of existing methane gas supplies.
Nick Miller wrote for Nashoba Publishing 11 July 2014,
Why Kinder Morgan fears an informed public,
Kinder Morgan is proposing to build a large, high pressure natural
gas pipeline through 45 towns in Massachusetts, including Groton.
More than five month ago, agents of this company entered the town of
Groton and began requesting that affected residents sign survey
permission forms. They did not disclose Continue reading Kinder Morgan tries stealth pipeline expansion in Massachusetts →
A Spectra is haunting New England and the Canadian Maritimes,
as well as the U.S. southeast,
seeking every market
for its fracked methane pipelines,
sliming lands along the way.
Local media are starting to pay attention to the big picture,
not just the local hauntings, such as
Sabal Trail Transmission 36-inch 100-foot right of way
gash through the southeast.
Spectra didn’t say, but those markets could include LNG export from
Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway in Massachusetts Bay
or the proposed
Goldboro LNG export terminal in Nova Scotia.
If LNG export happens, the price of “natural” gas in the U.S. and Canada
will go up.
WALB TV in Albany, GA ran this PR from Spectra Energy 1 July 2014,
Spectra Energy Announces Plans to Further Expand New England Pipeline Systems; Continue reading WALB in Albany, GA notices New England Spectra pipeline plans →
How long until the same company that already got FE authorization for
LNG export from Texas files for the same from its idle LNG facility
offshore from Boston?
The Northeast Gas Association wrote
The Role of LNG in the Northeast Natural Gas (and Energy) Market,
Northeast Gateway facility is owned and operated by Excelerate
Energy. The facility began commercial operations Continue reading How long until Excelerate files for LNG export from Massachusetts Bay? →
Wouldn’t it be sad if Spectra, Williams, and FPL had to announce this?
Katy wrote for NoFrackedGasinMass.org 13 March 2014,
ONCE UPON A TIME, TGP WANTED TO PUT A PIPELINE THROUGH WAKEFIELD, SAUGUS AND LYNNFIELD …,
“Tennessee Gas Pipeline regrets to inform you that its
Essex-Middlesex Project is being terminated. Delays from the
protracted permitting process have caused the project to become
uneconomical to the extent that Tennessee and the project’s
customer, DistriGas of Massachusetts, have agreed to discontinue the
Another new ally added to
the Allies page; today it’s
No Fracked Gas in Mass., who bring us excellent
tips on getting a resolution your local elected government’s agenda.
“Fighting Kinder Morgan/TGP’s Northeast
Expansion across the Berkshires and Northern Massachusetts. Our mission
is to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to create a comprehensive
renewable energy infrastructure.”
They have an excellent post about
getting resolutions on your town meeting agenda:
If you are thinking about bringing a non-binding resolution before
your town meeting, time is running out. Each town has its own deadline
for adding items to town meeting’s agenda and its own requirements for
resolutions — in Cummington, we needed to gather just fifteen
signatures and submit them to our town clerk for verification. Ask your
select board members or your town clerk what the deadline is, and what
the requirements are, for your town.
You can download
the Cummington resolution to use as a model (here is a .txt
version); if you are wondering what the
point of a non-binding resolution is, please read
In Massachusetts select board members are what many other places
call city council members.
And many towns in Mass. make it easy for citizens to get resolutions
on their agendas.
Why should it be more difficult anywhere else?
You can contact your Continue reading No Fracked Gas in Mass. allies with SpectraBusters →