Mass Audubon’s Pipeline Project Engagement With Northeast Energy Direct Project
This project has been suspended as of April 2016. Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. had proposed a large new pipeline system that would run from NY through MA and NH delivering 1.2 billion cubic feet/day (bcf/d) of fracked gas from the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shales. In Massachusetts alone, over 100 miles of new pipeline would cross more than 100 parcels of protected lands, including Mass Audubon’s West Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in Plainfield.
We declined requests to survey Mass Audubon’s properties for potential pipeline construction
- Submitted testimony to FERC as part of a public hearing
- Submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as joint comments to the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board with our partners at the Trustees of ReservationsComments on NED and CT Expansion Impact Statement Notice of Intent
- Contacted FERC voicing our objection to the project consultant’s information-gathering practices. Consultants had issued letters to Massachusetts municipalities along the proposed pipeline corridor, directing them to provide information about development, natural resources, and infrastructure in their communities. We requested that FERC require the company to notify communities that these requests were not authorized by statute, nor were municipalities required to spend time or staff resources to provide information other than through standard federal and state public records procedures.
- Requested an extension of the public comment period on the scope and environmental impacts of the project, and provided our own comments on the project scope
- Filed a motion to intervene as a landowner directly affected by the proposed project