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National Grid reports that there are 151 gas leaks in Peabody

23 Aug

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

As we unite to fight against the unnecessary proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline, this shocking map emerges from local gas distributor National Grid. It shows 151 unrepaired gas leaks in Peabody, the oldest going back to 1992.  Click on the image below, and zoom in to see if there are any leaks in your neighborhood.

By the way, five of those unresolved leaks are in the Glen Drive neighborhood, close to the path for the so-called Peabody Lateral proposed by KM along the Independence Greenway bike path. Now that this map has come to light, it’s a given that this Peabody neighborhood has even more to worry about should a breach and explosion in the proposed KM line come in contact with these other unresolved leaks.

It was definitely a shock to me to see an unrepaired leak right outside my front door too.

If you haven’t already, please join the fight against this dangerous and disruptive new Kinder Morgan gas highway. None of this gas will be used in Peabody, making it even less worth the risk. Let’s continue to tell this Texas energy company that we won’t allow them to endanger resident safety, destroy property, and contaminate our water supply just so it can make an even more obscene profit.

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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.

Kinder Morgan releases maps of homes that could be incinerated should its pipeline rupture

16 Aug

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

They call it the “incineration zone,” and it’s a phrase used for the area near a high-pressure gas pipeline that would face total devastation should the pipeline rupture.

Well, Peabody, we now know which specific homes are directly in harm’s way should the 24-inch line proposed by Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan rupture.

KM, which has a notoriously horrendous safety record, has released drawings showing the homes along Glen Drive that would be most-effected by its disruptive and dangerous project, which will transport gas that won’t be of any benefit to Peabody residents. The maps show homes that are located within 25 feet of the proposed easement, and I’m told the maps may be missing several homes. And even if homeowners aren’t concerned about an accident, think about this: Heavy machinery and equipment will be disturbing your peace from 25 feet away while they do the construction.

See the drawings below. I count more than 20 homes directly affected. These maps don’t show hundreds more Peabody homes in the Glen Drive neighborhood, which could be impacted too.

Here are the homes closest to the proposed pipeline path from Google Earth. Click on the photo for a larger view:

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For residents who live in other towns along the so-called laterals, here’s the link to all of the maps released to show where homes lie in harm’s way. ALSO, for Peabody residents, maps display a lot larger if you click on the link and scroll down to the Peabody maps.

IF YOU LIVE IN ANY OF THESE HOMES on Glen Drive, please continue to deny access to your property to Kinder Morgan surveyors. Send a copy of this form to the company and one copy to the Peabody Police Department. If KM tries to come on your property after that, the advice is that you have those surveyors arrested, and that you press charges for trespassing.

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KM propaganda can’t hide that the gas in their NED pipeline would be destined for foreign markets

13 Aug

(Note: Please join us in our fight against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline by signing up here)

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

A dude named Allen Fore—who essentially serves as Chief Propaganda Officer for the Texas-based company seeking to profit at the expense of the health, safety and quality of life of Massachusetts and NH residents—continued his tour of lies last night at a FERC scoping meeting in Lunenburg.

There's no need for more gas in Peabody, or anywhere else in Massachusetts

There’s no need for more gas in Peabody, or anywhere else in Massachusetts

As residents inside spoke in opposition of Kinder Morgan’s proposed gas highway to hell (e.g., the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline), Fore talked to reporters about how the company is benevolently building this pipeline to save us from high electricity rates, the result of a so-called natural gas shortage.

If you listen to Fore at these meetings, you’d think we were living in a Mad Max movie, and that any day now people are going to start killing each other over a cup of methane.

Fore told the Sentinel and Enterprise newspaper last night that the only reason KM is expanding its pipeline here is because they want to alleviate high energy prices for consumers.

“Remember: gas is used for more than home heating,” Fore said, noting that it also can be used to produce electricity. “It’s an electricity issue. It’s a gas issue.”

Oh, really?

Then why did ISO-New England, the entity that oversees the region’s electrical grid, just come out with a report that showed our demand for electricity continues to decline. That’s right, the wholesale price for electricity in June was 1.96 cents per kilowatt hour, down by nearly 50 percent over June 2014. And the decline, ISO said, continued in July, dropping by more than 27 percent over the previous year.

People are conserving and prices are dropping, dramatically, which leads us to this question:

Is Allen Fore simply uninformed, or … is he liar?

Considering that the company he works for stands to make an obscene profit off the NED project, I’m going to place my bet on the latter.

It’s also becoming clear to us now that, since ISO’s numbers are proving that we obviously already have more than enough gas capacity, Kinder Morgan has motives here other than heading off what is a fraudulent New England gas crisis.

Make no mistake, the gas that will flow through this destructive line, threatening homes, pristine conservation lands and public drinking water supplies, is destined for foreign markets. Kinder Morgan is trying to get to the sea, from where it will load this this fracked Marcellus Shale gas onto LNG tankers for sale in gas-starved Europe and South America.

In fact, we believe that the so-called laterals, which KM says are being installed off the main line to supply the needs of eastern Mass. communities – including Peabody – are a clever ruse to get FERC to go along and approve its permits.

Think about it. Why were the laterals added so late in the process? Could it be that KM wanted to alleviate suspicion that this gas was headed overseas, and we were just a pass through?

Could it be that KM knew that it would have been a public relations nightmare to have people think that none of this gas would benefit the people whose lives they are disrupting with this project?

Well, consider this, it has been reported that the current Spectra (Maritimes & Northeast) pipeline that goes through Peabody’s Independence Greenway bikepath, and on into Salem, is currently running at about half of its capacity. That’s right, the demand is so low, that they can’t give away the gas running through an existing pipeline in that area.

No matter what garbage spews from the mouth of Kinder Morgan’s Chief Propaganda Officer, make no mistake, the Peabody lateral is a ruse and totally unnecessary when it comes to meeting energy demands in our community.

Time for this company to fess up to this, and cancel all of these unnecessary laterals. Time for Allen Fore to spread his propaganda somewhere else. We’re just not buying it.

Aggregate quarry creates demand for KM pipeline lateral through Peabody

4 Aug
(Re-posted from the PeabodyCitizensUnited.org website)
By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher
 Since the day we learned that Texas-based Kinder Morgan was proposing a pipeline lateral through Peabody that would threaten homes, the environment and our public drinking water supply, we’ve wondered about who would purchase this fracked natural gas.

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.

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.

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.

Article 97 could be key to stopping pipeline in Peabody, and across the state

22 Apr

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By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Less than a week into Peabody’s fight to keep a 36-inch, high-pressure natural gas line from slashing through our community and intruding on our quality of life, we may have found a way to keep Kinder Morgan from marching to the sea.

In fact, Peabody might even be ground zero for a fire wall that could make the energy giant think twice about disrupting any Massachusetts cities and towns with a project that is of no benefit to the Commonwealth.

Beacon Hill could be the key to stopping the gas pipeline in Peabody, and across the Commonwealth

Beacon Hill could be the key to stopping the gas pipeline in Peabody, and across the Commonwealth

It’s called Article 97, aka the Public Lands Protection Act, and it is a part of the Massachusetts State Constitution. We the people approved it with our votes in 1972, and you can read more about the amendment here.

But here is the gist of it:

“Article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution requires that lands or easements taken or acquired for natural resources purposes are not to be used for other purposes or disposed of without a two-thirds vote of each branch of the legislature.”

The proposed route of the current Kinder Morgan pipeline through Peabody not only runs through land that was set aside for conservation, and includes the Ipswich River Watershed, but also right through the Independence Greenway (aka, the bikeway). Peabody used $3.5 million to build its section of the bikeway, of which a large chunk of money came from funds set aside for development of conservation lands.

It’s become clear to us that in order for Kinder Morgan to run its project through the bikeway area, it will need the Massachusetts State Legislature to dispose of Article 97 protection in this area.

But there’s more to this than just protecting the residents of Peabody. Kinder Morgan’s ultimate goal is to run its pipeline to the sea, where it can then ship most of this natural gas to overseas markets, primarily in Europe, while making an even more obscene profit.

It’s expected that it will be easier for them – with the help of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – to take land by eminent domain in areas where there is more wide-open space, and fewer people to protest, namely in western and central Mass.

KM sees a problem, though, as it heads further east, into the more congested population areas. If it doesn’t go through conservation land in eastern Mass., the company has few alternatives. It would, after all, likely be cost-prohibitive for the company to re-route and take hundreds of homes by eminent domain, and face the wrath of what would be an even more vehement public outcry.

This is why Peabody’s fight needs to be shared by affected communities across the Commonwealth. If we can keep two-thirds of our state legislators from saying yes to granting an Article 97 waiver in the Ipswich River Watershed area, then Kinder Morgan might even be forced to abandon its plan to slash through Mass. with its destructive pipeline.

It’s time to get our state reps and our state senators involved and on our side all across the state.

Peabody can be our firewall. But it will take a united effort of groups who fight everywhere to get this done.