The following was re-posted from the Peabody Citizens United to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline website:
Strong support from Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt for our opposition to the proposed Lynnfield Lateral of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project continues. Below is a letter he recently sent to FERC.
The city’s elected officials continue to unite with residents in fighting this destructive and potentially dangerous project.
Please join us on Tuesday, June 23rd when Kinder Morgan comes before the Peabody City Council at 6:30 p.m, to answer some tough questions.
Here’s Mayor Bettencourt’s letter to FERC:
June 12, 2015
Sandra Waldstein, Director
The State, International and Public Affairs Division
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
RE: Docket No. PF14-22
Dear Ms. Waldstein:
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline, L.L.C. has submitted to FERC an Application to open a pre-filing proceeding of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. under New Docket for Tennessee’s Northeast Energy Direct Project under PF14-22.
As part of this project, Tennessee Gas has proposed building a spur of subsurface pipeline in an area of Peabody, Massachusetts wholly unsuited for such a utility. As Mayor of Peabody, I feel it is my duty to convey to FERC the concerns and fears of so many in our community.
First, the area proposed for pipeline construction runs adjacent to one of our city’s most beloved and tight knit neighborhoods. Families who live here are justly concerned about a disruptive construction project which could forever alter the landscape of their homes. Homeowners have also expressed to me their concerns relative to public safety and protection of property.
Also, the area proposed for pipeline construction runs along the Peabody Independence Greenway. Known locally as simply ‘the Bikepath,’ the Greenway is a favorite destination for thousands of walkers, joggers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Many of these individuals have expressed their dismay over this pipeline proposal and I share their concern for preservation of this vital community resource.
Finally, the area proposed for pipeline construction is home to a number of natural resources which could be jeopardized by such a large scale and disruptive project. Thanks to its vicinity to the Ipswich River, the area is rife with wetlands, plants, trees, and other types of vegetation. While Peabody is renowned as a center of industry and technology, we treasure our open space and natural resources.
I join my fellow elected officials on the City Council as well as hundreds of Peabody residents who have united to oppose this project. The Tennessee Gas proposal will disrupt Peabody neighborhoods, jeopardize public safety, decimate a treasured recreational amenity and wipe out precious natural resources. Thank you for your consideration of this public comment.
Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr.
Mayor, City of Peabody