Submission Description: (doc-less) Motion to Intervene and Protest of StopNED under CP16-21-000.
Submission Date: 1/15/2016 10:44:48 AM
Filed Date: 1/15/2016 10:44:48 AM
CP16-21-000 Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Northeast Energy Direct Project)
Filing Party Signer (Representative)
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Basis for Intervening:
Pursuant to Sections 212 and 214 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Federal Energy regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) promulgated at 18 C.F.R. 382.212 and 385.214, StopNED respectfully (1) moves to intervene in the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC Docket #: CP16-21-000, regarding the application (the “Application”) of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (the “Company”) for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) project, and (2) protests the proposed project as well as the Commission’s acceptance of an incomplete application.
StopNED is a grassroots coalition of leaders of impacted communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire which have organized to oppose the NED fracked gas pipeline project. Our mission is to provide education about the negative health, safety, environmental, and economic impacts from the pipeline, to oppose ratepayer forced risk-taking of funding the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, and other forms of opposition support while at the same time pursuing legislation for a clean energy future of reduced reliance on fossil fuels, increased efficiency, expanded renewable technologies, and mandated repairs of existing infrastructure.
StopNED seeks to intervene in opposition to the proposed NED project. StopNED’s interests that may be directly affected by the outcome of the proceeding include:
- The pipeline is not in the interest of the public good. It directly and negatively impacts our member communities.
- Our communities have passed Non-binding Resolutions in opposition to the pipeline. Our Resolutions identify the concerns expressed by our communities related to their rights to clean air, clean water, and a future with a reduced reliance on fossil fuels.
- Our communities are now represented on two different Alternative routes, the Massachusetts Alternative Route and the Massachusetts Route 2, Article 97 Co-Location Hybrid Alternative Route. Our presence on alternative routes puts us squarely in the sights of this pipeline project.
- Many conservation and agricultural parcels are put at risk within our communities due to this proposal. Some of these parcels are permanently protected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, some by the municipalities, and some by private landowners. All actions taken to preserve these lands were intended to be permanent meaning into perpetuity, not until a commercial entity came along to take it.
- StopNED has spent countless hours working with directly and indirectly impacted residents, leaders of directly impacted communities, and legislators of impacted constituencies to stop the Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline.
Pursuant to 18 CFR 157.10(a)(1), StopNED respectfully requests a formal hearing on the Application, including the environmental impacts of and public need for NED.
StopNED is applying to intervene in the interest of the public good. Our interests cannot be adequately or completely represented by any other party and in accordance with the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, we believe we satisfactorily meet the conditions for intervention because our participation is in the public interest. We have a direct and substantial interest in the outcome of this proceeding. Therefore, StopNED requests that the Commission grant this motion to intervene.
January 15, 2016 at 5pmET is the new deadline to file a Motion to Intervene in the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline proposal process.
We have created a handout and slide presentation for everyone to use for workshops in their community, or for everyone to use at home, so that everyone we all have the opportunity to file.
All the details are here.
If we can help with a workshop in your community, let us know at info@StopNED.org
Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline filed their formal application for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct project as Docket CP16-21. PF14-22 is now inactive.
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The FERC filing can be found here on No Fracked Gas in Mass.
Prepare to intervene. The 21-day window is anticipated to be 12-7 thru 12-28.
No Public Lands for Pipelines!
A hearing has been scheduled for H.3690, Representative Garrett Bradley (D – Hingham)’s bill to remove protections from Otis State Forest and Spectacle Pond Farm in Sandisfield for Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion project, on 11/10/2015 at 11:00am in the Massachusetts State House Gardner Auditorium. Please join us to tell the Joint Committee we do not support disposition of permanent protections our constitutionally protected public lands! Can’t join us? Call your legislators and tell them to vote No! Tell your friends to do the same. Help us to advertise the hearing by sharing this flyer.
More info about Article 97 and the bill here.
Last week, Rep. Sheila Harrington and her GOP legislator friends in the House commented to FERC about their commitment to a clean energy future and their thoughts on protecting constitutionally protected public lands. So, we sent her a thank you.
- the hearing officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Attorney General email@example.com
- the DPU Chair, Angie O’Connor, firstname.lastname@example.org
- DPU commissioner email@example.com
- DPU commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org
- and your legislators.
The StopNED Coalition’s Alternative Solutions Team has launched a petition to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urging him to implement key policies regarding energy policy, natural gas, and climate change. Governor Baker is aggressively promoting natural-gas pipeline expansion for Massachusetts and New England. He is also championing statewide or regional tariffs on electric ratepayers to pay for new gas infrastructure.
The governor will meet with the other five New England governors at the end of March or in early April with the stated intention of coming up with a joint plan to bring more gas pipelines into the Commonwealth and the region. 
The petition was developed to send a message to the governor that citizens want and need policies that exclude greater use of natural gas or any fossil fuels. Any person or group who supports the goals in the petition is invited to circulate it. Please share widely!
THIS PETITION MAY BE SIGNED ONLINE HERE
This petition has no deadline. When you have a good batch of signatures, write to us at email@example.com so we can arrange to pick them up. Or you may decide to deliver your signatures to the Governor directly. If you do, please keep copies of your signature pages, and let us know the count at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is always where you can direct questions & comments.
This petition is one of many ways to speak out to the Governor. Contact information for reaching Governor Baker via post card, letter, email, phone, FAX, or Tweet is listed below.
Get the print version HERE
Thank you for supporting a clean energy future!
StopNED Coalition Alternative Solutions Team
Contact Governor Charlie Baker:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in-state)
Email contact form: http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/contact-governor-office/
Tweet to: @MassGovernor
 News coverage of Baker energy policy:
Gov. Charlie Baker: Increased gas capacity, along existing rights of way, critical to lowering energy prices
[especially the video clip]