Join GBTU on Monday, October 27th for an important update on the proposed natural gas transmission pipeline running from west to east across Massachusetts.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, is moving ahead with a proposal to build a bulk natural gas transmission pipeline running west to east across Massachusetts, from Richmond, MA, on the MA-NY border, to a terminal facility in Dracut, MA, on the New Hampshire border. The proposed project ("Northeast Energy Direct Project," or "NED") has generated significant local opposition because of its anticipated environmental impacts resulting from both pipeline construction and subsequent operation. The 127 mile route initially proposed – which may not be the final route – would cut across the Deerfield, Westfield, Millers and Connecticut Rivers, and numerous other smaller and less well-known coldwater streams in northern Massachusetts. Its proposed route would also cross State parks and forests, conservation lands, conservation land trusts, and other sensitive areas.
At this Chapter meeting, Jim Cutler, a resident of Ashland, Massachusetts and a founding member of the Hilltown Community Rights Coalition, will tell us what motivated him to become an anti-pipeline activist, and describe the immediate and longer-term impacts of construction and operation of this pipeline called NED. He will also describe how local community groups have banded together and connected with other established environmental protection organizations to oppose NED, and the challenges they have faced in opposing a project sponsored by a well-funded proponent like Kinder Morgan. He will be joined by his neighbor and fellow pipeline opponent, Mark Burton, a member of the Deerfield TU Chapter.
Monday, October 27th
Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.
Come early! Refreshments will be served!
$5 donation enters you in the raffle for door prizes.
LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln
We look forward to seeing you there.