In true all-American fashion, we Peabody residents tend to disagree often on issues involving our city. But tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 23rd), we have one of those rare times when we’ll be all for one, and one for all.
Coming before OUR City Council will be a Texas-based pipeline company, which wants to run a destructive and potentially dangerous high-pressure, fracked gas pipeline across our community.
Kinder Morgan will soon seek final approval to build its gas highway from a five-person, federally appointed board in Washington, DC, and the pipeline company is essentially telling us that there’s nothing we can do to stop them.
This is why we need to stand united tomorrow night. We need to stand up not only to Kinder Morgan, but to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has never seen a pipeline project it didn’t want to approve.
We need to stand up to them as one community.
Peabodyites all, out to protect our quality of life, and the quality of life of our neighbors.
We have the total support of OUR Mayor Ted Bettencourt. We have the total support of OUR City Council, which was elected by we the people, and not appointed by some DC bureaucrats. And, if we can pack Wiggin Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m., we will show this major corporation, with its “greed is good” executives, that we stand by one mantra:
Not here. Not ever!
This pipeline would run along the Independence Greenway bike path, and endanger the Ipswich River Watershed, the ultimate source of our public drinking water supply. That part of the project would not only destroy that section of the bikeway, but then make a dangerously close pass to homes in the Glen Drive neighborhood.
But this also our opportunity to stop them based on Article 97 of the Massachusetts State Constitution, which says that land set aside for conservation cannot be used for any other purpose without a two thirds vote of both houses of the State Legislature.
The battle has only just begun.
Please join us at City Hall and stand as ONE Peabody against the interests of a company that could care less about your quality of life.