Presentation on theme: "About the Gas Company Builders/Owners - Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Drillers and Sellers of Gas - Kinder Morgan Sources of."— Presentation transcript:
About the Gas Company Builders/Owners - Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Drillers and Sellers of Gas - Kinder Morgan Sources of Gas - Fracking wells in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania & NY
The Pipeline Route Planned to connect at hub in Wright, NY Enter MA at Richmond Follow high tension electric lines to Deerfield Cross Deerfield & Connecticut Rivers Up toward NH border towns to terminal in Dracut
About the Pipelines NORTHEAST EXPANSION Majority of the proposed route is a buried 30” high-pressure transmission line containing natural gas obtained by fracking. In eastern Middlesex Co., will be a 36” diameter line CONNECTICUT EXPANSION New pipeline to be run alongside two older ones. 36” with a “pigging facility”
About the Pipeline COMPRESSOR STATIONS Placed every 40-60 miles to maintain pressure along the line. Barn size facilities on several acres with approx. 10 ft. diameter fans that run 24/7 and substantial lighting at night. Noise levels usually range from 50-90 decibels at distance. They also exhaust gas and fracking chemical residues.
About the Pipeline MODERN COMPRESSOR STATION in PA
About the Pipeline CUSTOMERS FOR GAS Customers most often mentioned are primarily electric generation plants out east and a few proposed lateral lines. Pipeline capacity is nearly 10 times what's needed for these. Company's memos also cite LNG developers and sending gas northward, mentioning Canadian Maritimes.
About the Pipeline NOT YOUR GRAMPA'S PIPELINE Not like the LP or natural gas line to your house. 30” diameter, holding chemical-laden fracked gas, known to contain many dozens of carcinogens, neurotoxins & endocrine disrupters. Maintains pressure up to 1,500 psi More pressure for steep terrain Ruptures and explosions create super-hot extended burns until miles of gas between safety valves burns off
20” Pipeline in West Virginia 2/3 the diameter 30” would be 2.25 times more capacity
Stages of Pipeline Development 1)Planning and Survey TGP/Kinder Morgan approaches landowners and some towns for survey Developing detailed map and review of conditions for applying to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) for Certificate 2) Pre-Filing Starts once TGP/Kinder Morgan files application with FERC Public Comment Period when general public, NGOs, Govt. Agencies can file reports and opinions on the impact of the pipeline Gas company and FERC required to hold public hearings with towns in which the pipeline is to be built 3) Construction Starts once FERC grants “Certificate of Convenience & Public Necessity” April 2017 - November 2018
Stages of Pipeline Development
What We Can Do DELAY THE SURVEY & PLANNING! This was the death of a pipeline in Wakefield / Saugus area in 2008 Saying no forces them to file with Mass DPU for permission – stall of 4-6 months Can appeal to the DPU with Public Comment or as Intervenor LANDOWNERS If you’re approached for a survey - TELL THEM NO If you’ve already said yes, but haven’t signed an agreement, you can rescind permission – sample letter online Talk to your select board, planning commission, conservation commission and tell them to tell the pipeline company no surveys Saying no to the survey is not the same as not negotiating an easement!
What We Can Do PUT ORGANIZED RESISTANCE IN PLACE FOR DPU OR FERC HEARINGS TOWNS Vote in a Non-Binding Resolution against the pipeline - Find out deadline submission deadline and require no. of signatures - Draft up the Resolution & get signatures - Turn in town select board for review - Bring out the vote Conservation / Planning Commissions Identify areas of ecological sensitivity and gather any protective resolutions or ordinances already in place or draft up new ones! Conservation & Land Trust Groups Write statement of intent to protect the lands under your care
What We Can Do DELAY THE SURVEY & PLANNING! INDIVIDUALS Sign the State-Wide Petition Send link to online petition to email and social media Print out petiton and gather petitions at meeting places - Civic organization meetings - Shopping centers & gathering spots, cafés - School events – Festivals, fairs, farmers markets Talk to your neighbors & friends There are no public announcements yet – talk to your family & friends and let them know. Reach out to people in other parts of the state as well. Write Letters to the Editor, Invite Reporters to Presentations Get the word out! Hold letter-writing parties to help friends get motivated.
What We Can Do PREPARE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD Research all you can on: - Laws and protections in place to be brought up as objections - Protected open land, wetlands, forest - Endangered species in pipeline's path - Contact state agencies who manage these - Health and safety concerns (try to back up with statements from) - Emergency management officials – can they handle rupture or explosion? - Power companies and electric, railroad and other worker's unions - Local Dept. of Public Works, water quality issues Talk to your elected officials and gov't agencies: Local, State and Federal - State your concerns - Ask them questions - Back any legislation that would boost efficiency or clean energy
What We Can Do PREPARE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD Research all you can on: - Economic issues - Fuel and utility prices will remain subject to market volatility - Finite resource, price will only go up, especially if exported - Paid for by new tariff on ratepayers - Abutting land owner's issues (informational meetings for land owners?) - Resale value - Damage to ability to get mortgage & insurance - Restrictions on land use (cannot drive over pipeline, cut off from own land) - Still paying regular property taxes
Online Resources www.nofrackedgasinmass.org www.nofrackedgasinmass.org - Maps of proposed pipeline route - Town by Town listing of mobilization effort - Increasing volume of information (with sources cited) - Contact info for legislators & regulatory agencies - Resource Materials (Info sheets, sample letters, sample resolution) - Link to State-Wide Petition to Ban New Gas Pipelines and Champion Sustainable Energy