There was certainly no need for this gas when it came to Peabody homes or the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.
Well, if Kinder Morgan is allowed to build a 24-inch diameter “bomb” under the Independence Greenway bike path, it turns out now that someone in Peabody does have a need for this gas.
National Grid, which would purchase the gas in the Kinder Morgan pipeline lateral through Peabody, has filed for approval of a “firm transportation service agreement” with the State Department of Public Utilities to be the middle man in selling this gas to the Aggregate Industries quarry.
That’s right, Aggregate Industries, arguably the worst corporate neighbor in Peabody’s history, would benefit from this gas
“The Customer (Aggregate) has dual-fuel capability and is able to meet its energy requirements using waste oil in addition to or in lieu of natural gas. The Customer is, however, willing to provide a firm commitment to natural gas in exchange for a customized transportation agreement with a fixed rate,” National Grid wrote in its DPU approval request.
So, in addition to damaging homes with its blasting, and disrupting quality of life with its non-stop, high-decibel construction noise, Aggregate is essentially helping to pave the way for this pipeline lateral’s construction.
Come fall, Kinder Morgan will seek final approval for a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, including the section that will run through Peabody. And when KM goes before FERC, all it will need to do to get approval is show that it has “customers.”
Thanks to Aggregate, that argument will be a lot easier to make. The beat goes on for Peabody’s worst corporate neighbor of all-time.
There will be a hearing on this before DPU coming soon. Once I know the details, we’ll pass them along so we can be there to protest. Stay united, Peabody.