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By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher
A dude named Allen Fore—who essentially serves as Chief Propaganda Officer for the Texas-based company seeking to profit at the expense of the health, safety and quality of life of Massachusetts and NH residents—continued his tour of lies last night at a FERC scoping meeting in Lunenburg.
As residents inside spoke in opposition of Kinder Morgan’s proposed gas highway to hell (e.g., the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline), Fore talked to reporters about how the company is benevolently building this pipeline to save us from high electricity rates, the result of a so-called natural gas shortage.
If you listen to Fore at these meetings, you’d think we were living in a Mad Max movie, and that any day now people are going to start killing each other over a cup of methane.
Fore told the Sentinel and Enterprise newspaper last night that the only reason KM is expanding its pipeline here is because they want to alleviate high energy prices for consumers.
“Remember: gas is used for more than home heating,” Fore said, noting that it also can be used to produce electricity. “It’s an electricity issue. It’s a gas issue.”
Then why did ISO-New England, the entity that oversees the region’s electrical grid, just come out with a report that showed our demand for electricity continues to decline. That’s right, the wholesale price for electricity in June was 1.96 cents per kilowatt hour, down by nearly 50 percent over June 2014. And the decline, ISO said, continued in July, dropping by more than 27 percent over the previous year.
People are conserving and prices are dropping, dramatically, which leads us to this question:
Is Allen Fore simply uninformed, or … is he liar?
Considering that the company he works for stands to make an obscene profit off the NED project, I’m going to place my bet on the latter.
It’s also becoming clear to us now that, since ISO’s numbers are proving that we obviously already have more than enough gas capacity, Kinder Morgan has motives here other than heading off what is a fraudulent New England gas crisis.
Make no mistake, the gas that will flow through this destructive line, threatening homes, pristine conservation lands and public drinking water supplies, is destined for foreign markets. Kinder Morgan is trying to get to the sea, from where it will load this this fracked Marcellus Shale gas onto LNG tankers for sale in gas-starved Europe and South America.
In fact, we believe that the so-called laterals, which KM says are being installed off the main line to supply the needs of eastern Mass. communities – including Peabody – are a clever ruse to get FERC to go along and approve its permits.
Think about it. Why were the laterals added so late in the process? Could it be that KM wanted to alleviate suspicion that this gas was headed overseas, and we were just a pass through?
Could it be that KM knew that it would have been a public relations nightmare to have people think that none of this gas would benefit the people whose lives they are disrupting with this project?
Well, consider this, it has been reported that the current Spectra (Maritimes & Northeast) pipeline that goes through Peabody’s Independence Greenway bikepath, and on into Salem, is currently running at about half of its capacity. That’s right, the demand is so low, that they can’t give away the gas running through an existing pipeline in that area.
No matter what garbage spews from the mouth of Kinder Morgan’s Chief Propaganda Officer, make no mistake, the Peabody lateral is a ruse and totally unnecessary when it comes to meeting energy demands in our community.
Time for this company to fess up to this, and cancel all of these unnecessary laterals. Time for Allen Fore to spread his propaganda somewhere else. We’re just not buying it.