Mass Audubon’s Pipeline Project Engagement – Access Northeast
The permit for this project was withdrawn in June 2017, essentially suspending the project. This decision was made due to lack of financing, following the Supreme Judicial Court decision prohibiting utilities from charging ratepayers for pipeline construction. Spectra Energy/Algonquin Gas Transmission had partnered with Eversource and National Grid on this expansion of 125 miles of Algonquin’s pipeline system. This project would have served gas-fired electric power plants. It included 26 miles of proposed new pipeline in Norfolk County including construction through Mass Audubon’s 100-year-old Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon. Other areas affected include Blackstone watershed communities along the 27 mile lateral from Medway to West Boylston. The project also includes another lateral and large new LNG storage facilities in Acushnet.
- We requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) extend the project comment deadline to allow for more thorough project review.
- We submitted comments jointly with The Trustees to the Energy Facilities Siting Board urging them to carefully consider the need for the project and ensure that conservation land remains protected.
- We submitted comments to FERC on the project’s Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.