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If elected, Bob Croce will pay for his own gas to work

5 Jul

(Bob Croce is the publisher of Eye On Peabody, and a candidate for State Representative in the 13th Essex District. Please vote for him in the Democratic primary election on Thursday, Sept. 8th)

By Bob Croce

Political candidates make a lot of promises while trying to get elected. But here’s one that you can write down, clip and save, share with all of your friends in West Peabody, Danvers and Middleton:

If elected State Representative, I WILL NOT have the taxpayers pay for my gas so I can drive into work each day at the State House.

As for my opponent? If he’s re-elected, he will continue to put in for a controversial gas reimbursement, and quite frankly, thinks it’s not that big of a deal.

Not only will he continue to make you and I pay for his gas each day so he can go to work, but in an article in today’s Salem News, Representative Ted Speliotis called the perk “minuscule.”

He said this, mind you, as Peabody was learning that it had lost $300,000 in state aid due to a Beacon Hill budget cut, money that was earmarked for full-day kindergarten, which means more will be coming out of property taxes to pay for that shortfall.

Meanwhile, it cost us $327,338 total last year for all of the legislators who put in for what Rep Speliotis calls a “minuscule” reimbursement benefit.

“Travel has been paid for lawmakers since the first days of the State Legislature. It’s been around for hundreds of years,” the Rep told the Salem News while trying to justify why he collected $3,384 from taxpayers last year while commuting the 20 miles from Danvers each day.

By the way, State Legislators put in for this reimbursement on the “honor system.” They don’t need to show receipts, or even prove that they actually came into the State House on the days they claim.

Speliotis’ reimbursement was the highest among all North Shore State Legislators. Some in the North Shore delegation, including Senator Joan Lovely, refuse to accept the perk.

If I win, count me in with that group, which refuses to force taxpayers to pay so elected officials can drive to work. Plain and simple, it’s abuse of power.

If you have to pay for your gas to work, so should I!

 

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.

 

 

Kinder Morgan is not being honest about its Danvers pipeline plans

21 Aug

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

If you have friends or family in Danvers, please let them know that they should call their selectmen immediately, and tell them to not be duped by Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan, which is now  threatening their community with its unnecessary and dangerous natural gas highway.

KMstopAfter all, the spin masters at KM – led by Chief Propaganda Officer Allen Fore – are at it again today. With their usual brand of half-truths, misinformation, and outright lies, a KM spokesman is using the Salem News this morning to brag about the riches the company will bestow upon Danvers.

“The estimated annual tax projection [for] Danvers … is $150,000 the first year after the project is in service,” KM spokes-weasel Richard Wheatley said in today’s Salem News, a number that probably came out of thin air. You see, the KM propaganda machine has a reputation for just making up numbers in an effort to lure communities into thinking that putting resident safety and quality of life into jeopardy is a good thing.

But that’s not the only concern for Danvers residents.

It also appears that the KM propaganda machine is working to fool Danvers residents and town officials into thinking that the pipeline will not put any Danvers homes in danger, since it will stop near the old landfill and behind Rosewood Drive.

“We haven’t had any calls from residents because it’s at the landfill,” Town Manager Steve Bartha told selectmen Tuesday night as he brought them up to speed on the project.

But based on this company’s reputation for half-truths, outright lies, and obscene thirst for profits, I guarantee you this isn’t stopping at the landfill.

KM’s ultimate goal is to get this pipeline to sea, from where it can put this gas on LNG tankers and ship it to lucrative foreign markets in Europe and South America.

It’s time now for Danvers to prepare. KM won’t stop at Rosewood Drive. They’re heading across Danvers to the Port. Make no mistake about that.

It’s what they always do: Get a small foothold in a community, and then expand further. Think about it. How does it make any sense that they’ll just stop at Rosewood Drive when they could run their line to Danversport, from where it could be extended out into Salem Harbor, where the infrastructure for an LNG terminal already exists.

There is no need for any of this gas in any of our local communities. Kinder Morgan knows this, and we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that these so-called eastern laterals, off their main Northeast Energy Direct pipeline route, are anything other than a ruse to get this project approved. After all, they’d never get approval if they told the truth, which is that all of this gas is destined for foreign markets, and that we’re simply fodder along the route.

It’s time for the Danvers town officials and residents to get organized. Kinder Morgan, with its horrendous safety record, is using the town just like it uses all other communities in an effort to increase its own profits.

They won’t stop at the landfill, and the measly $150K carrot they’re dangling in front of you is the product of the KM propaganda machine.

Sign up and join the fight with Peabody, and we’ll help you keep this Texas-based company from wrecking quality of life in your community too.