As many of you know, last year we got the unwelcome news that Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is proposing a gas pipeline to run from Pennsylvania through New York and across Massachusetts. The pipeline would carry fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to New England and beyond. The proposed route would run along the northern boundary of Woolman Hill’s property.
We welcome those who love Woolman Hill to join the Woolman Hill board and staff in opposing the pipeline and its impact on Woolman Hill. Please see below for some basics about the pipeline. There is also abundant information about the proposal, local and regional efforts to oppose it, and suggestions for how you might get engaged, at the below links.
As Woolman Hill staff time to respond to inquiries is limited, please review these websites thoroughly to see if your questions are answered there. If they are not, please do contact us at the Woolman Hill office and we’ll do our best to respond promptly.
Thank you for caring about this special place, and for joining our efforts to sustain it!
Resources and information about the proposed
Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) Project
The TGP Northeast Energy Direct is a high-pressure natural gas pipeline proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“TGP”, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.) to run from Pennsylvania through New York state into Massachusetts at Richmond, in the Berkshires, through Franklin County into New Hampshire, reentering Massachusetts in Dracut, north of Boston, where it could join with existing pipelines that connect to the Massachusetts and Canadian coasts. The pipeline is intended to carry natural gas from the Marcellus (and perhaps Utica) Shale.
– excerpted from http://www.massplan.org/annotated-faq/#what
Proposed route in relation to Woolman Hill:
The proposed pipeline route would run contiguous with the electric power line that is the northern boundary of Woolman Hill’s property. The construction of the pipeline would necessitate removal of the tree-line that currently stands at the northern edge of the field, the only visible barrier between the field and the power line. The power line also crosses Keets Road in three places, which means the pipeline would cross under the road in three places.
MassPLAN is a coalition of groups and organizations opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) Project. This website provides information primarily about the Massachusetts portion of the proposed project.
Our current Mission: To stop the Kinder Morgan/TGP pipelines (Northeast Energy Direct and Connecticut Expansion) and help other regional communities fight similar pipeline expansion.
Our Broader Mission: To stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in New England and upstate NY and to promote expanded efficiency and sustainable, renewable sources of energy and local, permanent jobs in a clean energy economy.
DEERFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH DECISION
The Deerfield Board of Health issued a finding that the “proposed hydraulic fracturing – fracking – pipeline will endanger the health and lives of the residents of Deerfield, and hereby bans the construction and operation of such pipeline within the boundaries of the Town of Deerfield.”
KINDER MORGAN OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE
Kinder Morgan is holding open houses in this region. Click the above link for the complete schedule.