Archive | June, 2015

Our turn to stick up for our quality of life in Peabody: Please show up to tell KM we don’t want their pipeline here

22 Jun

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.

Mayor Bettencourt voices his strong opposition to pipeline in a letter to FERC

19 Jun

The following was re-posted from the Peabody Citizens United to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline website:

Mayor Ted Bettencourt

Mayor Ted Bettencourt

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.

Warmest regards,

Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr.

Mayor, City of Peabody

Please attend gas pipeline meeting at Peabody City Council on June 23rd

16 Jun

By Eye on Peabody

Kinder Morgan gas pipeline company representatives will come before Peabody’s City Council on Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall’s Wiggin Auditorium to answer questions about their proposed pipeline project, which is scheduled to cut through a section of West Peabody.

The company will present details on the project, which is part of the proposed Lynnfield Lateral of the larger Northeast Energy Direct high-pressure natural gas pipeline, answer questions from city councilors and hear comments from residents.

If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the pipeline would pass through a stretch of Peabody’s Independence Greenway bike path, and make a close pass to several hundred West Peabody homes near Glen Drive and Emily Lane.

Opponents of the project, including those with the local group Peabody Citizens United, say that the gas from this pipeline is not needed in Peabody, yet the project will destroy the bike path, threaten homes, and potentially contaminate the water supply along the Ipswich River.

“We oppose because it’s of no value to Peabody. None of this gas will be used in Peabody. We’re just a pass-through community so Kinder Morgan can eventually export this gas and make even larger profits,” said Bob Croce, Chair of Peabody Citizens United.