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.

7 Responses to “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”

  1. Anonymous June 23, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    Is this going to be on local cable?

  2. barbara guillette June 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    I think you should start a campaign to call every person in peabody,, every home,,, see if you can get volunteers,,,to call. You need numbers,, intensify your efforts or they are just gonna ignore you.

  3. Anonymous July 6, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    I hate to go off subject but only 2 comments after weeks, it’s time. am I the only one noticing all the contractors doing CITY work EVERYWHERE ? I see them fixing water main breaks. where’s OUR water dept ? hot toping trenches in the street & redoing sidewalks. we always had a hot top crew. let’s start using them again. pruning back overgrown sidewalks, we have a tree & park dept. Bonefanti started this crap and it looks like it’s getting WORSE. maybe I wouldn’t mind if my taxes didn’t go $350 this year. now I read an other $185 next year and yes I live in South Peabody. I like ted but don’t think he’s watching out for us. raising taxes SHOULD be a last resort after all money saving cuts have been made.

    • memoir100 guillottine July 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      I agree we shouldn’t outsource, look what it has done to others systems, to outsource is to lose control , quality control , and to keep much needed jobs IN the city, and I have a experienced hot topper looking for a job.



    • Anonymous August 5, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      When Bonfanti was in office the Tree and Parks Dept were great. Now is a completely different story. If it wasn’t for Bonfanti you wouldn’t be able to get a new tree on your street for FREE and you wouldn’t have all this protected land that now people treasure and don’t want a pipeline to come through. Our new Parks head goes on taxpayer trips for conventions to learn how to do her job. How about having regular meetings with other municipalities to see what they are doing? I would pay for her tank of gas. Do you think the current Mayor has the fortitude to fight something like this? He cant even control the school committee.

  4. Anonymous July 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    If your concerned about cost control as it relates to or taxes, then I would argue we should do more outsourcing. While initial cost might higher, we wouldn’t be burdened by long term costs of healthcare and pensions. This might also end up with better results as it would drive competetuve bids and performance amobg private sector companies.

    • Anonymous July 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      You are right ! but lets pick one or the other.. who decides what work go’s to private companies ? is it the head of the DPW or the mayor ? is anybody even watching how much we are spending on this. it’s time the city stopped the waste of our tax dollars. p.s. where are the street sweepers this year ?

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