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Your guide to better (but still flawed) NED Pipeline maps

If you download and wade through the dozens of multi-megabyte PDF files provided by Kinder Morgan today, you will eventually locate the updated map pages that correspond to your town along the pipeline route. You have seven days to accomplish this task in order to be fully informed by the start of Open House season…

The pipeline would be HOW many football fields away?

With the help of Kinder Morgan’s long-delayed maps, which now actually acknowledge the existence of Groton Dunstable Regional High School, we can finally answer the question: How many football fields away from the school would this 36-inch high pressure gas transmission line actually be?

Kinder Morgan proposes alternate route along Rt. 119

Kinder Morgan this afternoon has finally released updated maps and some ideas the company has for alternate routes to its NED Pipeline proposal. We are still parsing these documents for a more detailed report, but Groton residents should be made aware that one potential path would bring the pipeline much closer to Downtown Groton…

FERC blockaders risk arrest to stop business as usual in DC

It’s not business as usual this week at the Washington DC headquarters of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Although charged with honestly evaluating the pros and cons of energy infrastructure projects, including natural gas pipelines, FERC nearly always ends up approving any project that comes across its docket. Faced with a regulatory process that ignores their concerns, a group of peaceful protesters from Beyond Extreme Energy is blockading the building.

Sheila Harrington v. Gene Rauhala for State Rep, 1st Middlesex

This week, The Groton Channel aired the only debate of the season between incumbent 1st Middlesex district state representative Sheila Harrington and challenger Gene Rauhala. 1st Middlesex includes the towns of Groton, Dunstable, Ashby, Townsend, Pepperell, and part of Ayer.

Thanks to Jane Bouvier for moderating this discussion and to the Groton Channel for making it available to the web. The relevant discussion about the proposed NED Pipeline takes place between approximately 2:30 and 12:50:

Around Town 10-30-14 from Groton Channel on Vimeo.

SPCC Groton is not endorsing any candidates in the election. Instead, we are calling on voters to educate themselves on the issues and to make informed decisions based on all of the issues most important to them. In this case, please rely on the candidates’ own words in their full context, rather than a confused summary that may have appeared in a local newspaper.

Both Harrington and Rauhala offer strong opposition to the proposed NED pipeline. The main difference between the candidates on this issue is that Rauhala advocates a stronger opposition now, during the current FERC pre-filing process, while Harrington is concentrating her current efforts on putting a “Plan B” in place if efforts to stop the pipeline should fail.

Polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM on Tuesday.

Kinder Morgan funds “astroturf” campaign

If you’re reading this blog, you know what a grassroots movement looks like. It’s a group of just plain ordinary folks who develop concerns about an issue that impacts their lives, their families, and their communities. They meet with other like-minded individuals. They discuss the issues. They educate themselves. They blog, tweet, and Facebook with their friends. They write letters to the elected officials…

Can LNG save us from a new pipeline?

GDF Suez is an international energy company that runs the Distrigas LNG import terminal in Everett, Massachusetts. Earlier this year, GDF Suez was touting LNG as a bridge to whatever pipeline infrastructure is eventually approved. More recently, they’ve been From the company’s website: The Everett Marine Terminal has been operating longer than any other LNG import terminal in the United States.…