NED pipeline would imperil Ipswich, put North Shore drinking water supplies at risk

26 Jan

(Bob Croce is Chair of Peabody Citizens United, and a candidate for State Representative in the MA 13th Essex District.)

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

I’ve used this space over the past year to talk about the critically important homeowner rights and safety issues surrounding Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline. But today, I’d like to bring up a concern that should be front and center, not just in Peabody, Danvers and Middleton, but throughout the North Shore.

Protecting our public drinking water supply.

riverWe should remind ourselves of the tragedy of Flint, Mich., and come to a consensus that locating this pipeline within the Ipswich Watershed District is just too much of a risk for the half million North Shore residents who draw water from this endangered river. Now is the time for our North Shore elected leaders to unite and lobby the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to not approve this new gas pipeline infrastructure for an area so vital to the health and well being of our communities.

Here are the facts on the pipeline and the river from the stewards of the river, the Ipswich Watershed Association:

The proposed Lynnfield and Peabody lateral sections of the NED pipeline will be constructed within the Ipswich River Watershed, and it will:

  • Traverse the watershed for more than 11 miles, cross the river and dozens of named and unnamed tributaries
  • Traverse more than two miles of wetlands, alter dozens of vernal pools
  • Be built directly on the riverbank for more than two miles
  • Be built in the immediate proximity of seven public permanently-protected water supply intakes and traverse hundreds of acres of permanently protected conservation areas, including several parcels protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts State Constitution.
  • Temporarily clear 131.5 acres of land during construction and permanently alter 65.8 acres in the required pipeline easement. The pipeline will significantly disrupt the underground hydrology of the watershed, which is critical to its function as well as the hundreds of public and private water supply intakes in the immediate vicinity of its route.

Once constructed, Kinder Morgan will continuously use herbicides to keep the pipeline right-of-way clear of vegetation, and there are no studies showing what negative effects that could have on the source of our drinking water. Then there’s the danger of leaking pipes allowing toxic methane to seep into our water.

If anyone thinks the dangers here only affect “a couple of streets” in Peabody, think again. The proposed NED pipeline should be a regional concern.

 

 

10 Responses to “NED pipeline would imperil Ipswich, put North Shore drinking water supplies at risk”

  1. Tim Leonard January 27, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    If anyone thinks the dangers here only affect “a couple of streets” in Peabody, think again. The proposed NED pipeline should be a regional concern.

    Very subtle, Croach. I saw in the Salem News article that Speliotis said that exact thing. Why not name and shame him? He’s a bum.

    • Barbara Guillette January 27, 2016 at 8:54 am #

      Yes he is a bum

  2. Barbara Guillette January 27, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Peabody’s water Supply, her watershed has been under attack in many ways for years, both large and small, from the resident who Clara brush and trees around the lakes for a view or a fishing space, has to realize , every tree , brush cleared degrades the purpose of the watershed, every foot of land destroyed of its natural nature destroys its ability to keep our water clean, that is how it works, this pipeline project as noted is a disaster for our MOST. Precious resource so casually treated in the past, wake up people or Flint will be on our table next. We already in the past and present have had to deal with water problems remember before 1997?

    • Just Saying January 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      Barbara,
      You got to remember this is Peabody. Here, it was OK for the city to pollute its own water supply (Spring Pond) all to save a buck! If a concerned citizen hadn’t turned the city into the state and federal govts we would still be drinking our own pollution. The Peabody taxpayers picked up the tab for that clean up with a bond issuance. No city official got fired for that fiasco. There is ZERO accountability in Peabody! Peabody taxpayers can afford it because we have low taxes!
      At the “Tanner City” Pollution is our solution! Hello Sid’s pond (we bailed out EG on that one, We bought it!) and Crystal Lake (it feeds the Ipswich River you know).
      Where did the MBTE monies that the city collected go? http://archive.epa.gov/mtbe/web/html/
      My guess: Raises for everyone! Councillors included!
      Question: Where does the Russell St. Quarry water go?
      The blasting chemicals have got to go somewhere. Down by the river the blasting is just upstream of the city’s drinking water intake from the river.
      Didn’t the Bostik chemical plant blow up right on the banks of the Ipswich River?
      But really, who cares in the Tanner City.
      Peabody politicians and residents look in the mirror before you start throwing stones! You can’t see the forest though the trees. Pollution is everywhere in Peabody. We have a gas station right on the banks of Suntaug Lake, our water supply. We have had raw sewerage repeatedly flowing into Suntaug Lake from the sewer cover on Lake St. (Who cares). The city recently approved another trash processing center on top of our public water supply watershed on Rte. 1. Peabody is the Trash Capital of the North Shore! Trash and drug treatment centers are what Peabody attracts to Rte. 1.
      There are no problems here in Peabody. We have low taxes!

  3. Barbara Guillette January 27, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    In order to have pristine water you MUST have a pristine watershed! Yeah!
    This site should be packed with comments so what’s the problem, no one is interested? Or not aware of the problem or just plain stupid? I wonder, when I first came here in 85 I was well aware of the water condition and horrified by it. It didn’t happen overnight! And I didn’t hear a word about it, not one word, but you know when I did protest, when I did speak out , I was shut up but times are changing and people en mass have to speak up or else your lives are ruined forever!

  4. catherine January 27, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Clean water is not going to help the gross mismanagement of the city’s school and school committee.
    If you think that a new school is going to help you have to be as crazy as the fools who elected BIG ed charest.

    Bottom line, this pipeline just a distraction to disguise the real problems facing the city ( in which city councilors and elected officials fail to address) such as poor school leadership ( led by two week caribbean vacation man Levine), school budget ( sped) overspent , and a teachers union that runs the show.

    Schools are the key to property values…

    • Just Saying January 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      Catherine,

      You are So Right about the Peabody School system and the Con artists running it!

      Education is NOT the primary objective in Peabody! Benefits and $$$ for the connected and privileged is the number one goal.

      Bring in Charter Schools!!!

    • Anonymous January 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

      Two meetings in a row of embarrassment. Levine’s ego is so big and everyone on the SC praises him for being a condescending jerk. I have no idea what is going on with Carpenter the train wreck. She is really starting to become the Ann Manning of the SC with the faces and body language. She cant understand how “one” word can change the actual meaning of something but yet she is deciding what’s best for the schools…SMH Honestly she was trying to be more of a McGenney in my mind. Not going be the role ever… As much as I like Hochman, he is not going to be nominated for any Oscars…The whole need time to think was embarrassing. The mental stability of these officials is really starting to get me concerned they can truly serve for the people of Peabody.

  5. Just Saying January 28, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    Barbara,
    You got to remember this is Peabody. Here, it was OK for the city to pollute its own water supply (Spring Pond) all to save a buck! If a concerned citizen hadn’t turned the city into the state and federal govts we would still be drinking our own pollution. The Peabody taxpayers picked up the tab for that clean up with a bond issuance. No city official got fired for that fiasco. There is ZERO accountability in Peabody! Peabody taxpayers can afford it because we have low taxes!
    At the “Tanner City” Pollution is our solution! Hello Sid’s pond (we bailed out EG on that one, We bought it!) and Crystal Lake (it feeds the Ipswich River you know).
    Where did the MBTE monies that the city collected go? http://archive.epa.gov/mtbe/web/html/
    My guess: Raises for everyone! Councillors included!
    Question: Where does the Russell St. Quarry water go?
    The blasting chemicals have got to go somewhere. Down by the river the blasting is just upstream of the city’s drinking water intake from the river.
    Didn’t the Bostik chemical plant blow up right on the banks of the Ipswich River?
    But really, who cares in the Tanner City.
    Peabody politicians and residents look in the mirror before you start throwing stones! You can’t see the forest though the trees. Pollution is everywhere in Peabody. We have a gas station right on the banks of Suntaug Lake, our water supply. We have had raw sewerage repeatedly flowing into Suntaug Lake from the sewer cover on Lake St. (Who cares). The city recently approved another trash processing center on top of our public water supply watershed on Rte. 1. Peabody is the Trash Capital of the North Shore! Trash and drug treatment centers are what Peabody attracts to Rte. 1.
    There are no problems here in Peabody. We have low taxes!

  6. Anonymous February 5, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    how much longer can we say “we have low taxes” there going up at a staggering rate. the largest in the history of Peabody. I had so much faith in Ted, HAD ! all I see is contractors doing what the DPW & water dept. used to do & Teds buddies getting jobs that never existed before. we needed big changes in Peabody & it looks like things are just getting worse.

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