Northeast Energy Direct Project

Opponents voiced their disapproval of the companies' requests at a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing Tuesday in Pittsfield.
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While activists are still celebrating the suspension of one major natural gas pipeline, they are also battling to stop another one in the Northeast.

The path of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline
Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan formally withdrew its federal application for its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline Monday after announcing in April that it was suspending work on the $3.3 billion project.

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Following the suspension of a proposed Northeast natural gas pipeline, environmental activists are shifting their focus to an energy plan being crafted by Massachusetts lawmakers.

Two pipeline projects that would have crossed the northeast have been scrubbed: activists are now calling for a third pipeline to be stopped. 

Kinder Morgan

After roughly two years of work met by steady public and political opposition, energy company Kinder Morgan has suspended plans for a Northeast natural gas pipeline.

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Plans to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline from New York into New England through western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been suspended.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. announced Wednesday it has decided to stop work on the project. It cites a lack of contracts with gas distribution companies.

The company also says New England states haven't established needed regulatory procedures to allow it to move forward and the process in each state for creating those procedures remains open-ended.

This is a picture of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing at Berkshire Community College.
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State utility regulators on Tuesday got an earful from people looking to block land surveying in connection to a proposed pipeline in western Massachusetts.

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A proposed 124-mile pipeline to deliver low-cost gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to New York and New England has been delayed for lack of a state water quality permit.

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Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is asking federal energy regulators to take into consideration the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases as they review a proposed natural gas pipeline.

This is a picture of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline
Kinder Morgan

The company proposing a 400-mile natural gas pipeline across the Northeast says alternative routes suggested by federal regulators are impractical and environmentally damaging.

This is a map of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline
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Throughout 2015, one story that has been consistent in the WAMC listening area and is likely to be around for the next year or more is the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. In the latest in our series reviewing the biggest stories of the year, WAMC takes a look back at the project and its growing opposition.

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We’re looking back at some of the stories that dominated 2015 this week — especially the proposed construction of natural gas pipelines. The building of two controversial pipelines could be held up for a year if environmental approvals fail to materialize on time.

This is a picture of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaking in Great Barrington Tuesday.
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As federal regulators review the proposed 400-mile Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, Massachusetts’ governor says the decision rests on whether FERC thinks New England has the capacity to meet the region’s energy needs.

This is a picture of signs pipeline opponents carried at a FERC public hearing on the Northeast Energy Direct Project.
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Federal regulators reviewing the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline are asking energy giant Kinder Morgan to consider alternate routes. But, the company sees it as part of a typical review process.

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Kinder Morgan ramped up efforts to educate communities about a pipeline project that would move fracked natural gas across the Northeast.

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Maura Healey has been Massachusetts Attorney General for nearly a year after taking over for Martha Coakley who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014. Healey, a Democrat, was in western Massachusetts Thursday and sat down for a wide-ranging interview including gun laws, terrorism, opioid abuse, Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct pipeline and what brought her to the area.

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In the latest chapter of a long-simmering battle, anti-pipeline groups and Rensselear County legislators worked hand-in-hand to craft a local law that is designed to thwart pipeline development.

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The controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is now in the hands of the federal government.

This is a picture of a rendering of the proposed Windsor compressor station.
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Kinder Morgan is expected to file its formal application for a 400-plus mile pipeline across the Northeast with the federal government in the coming days. Nine new compressor stations including ones in Nassau, New York in Rensselaer County and Windsor, Massachusetts are being proposed as part of the Northeast Energy Direct project.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says there is no need for increased gas capacity to meet the state’s electric reliability needs. This comes as Kinder Morgan prepares to file plans with the federal government on a pipeline cutting across the Northeast.

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Hundreds of people turned out for an outreach meeting last night on a proposed multi-state natural gas pipeline and compressor station slated for the small Berkshire County town of Windsor.

A new law has appeared on the books in Albany County, apparently aimed at addressing any perceived threat to public safety by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.The so-called "blasting law" was hurried through the County Legislature.

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People wishing to comment on potential environmental impacts of a proposed pipeline that would run through Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire now have until October 16th to do so.

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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are pledging to continue protests until the plans are dropped.

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Update: On August 28, FERC extended the public comment period for the agency's environmental impact statement on the Northeast Energy Direct. The agency will be hosting a 14th public comment period in Cheshire County, NH at a time and location to be determined. FERC says it will announce the new public comment deadline shortly.

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are holding an informational picket in Pittsfield Friday.

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A state siting board is a holding a pair of public hearings in western Massachusetts on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a scoping meeting on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline in Pittsfield Tuesday. State lawmakers are calling on the agency to give those who may be impacted by the project more time to review it.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has denied a handful of groups intervener status for an upcoming hearing regarding a contract agreement between Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan, the company planning a $5 billion pipeline through the Northeast. Berkshire Gas objected to the groups’ petitions to intervene.

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The town of Lenox, Massachusetts has joined an advocacy group ahead of a hearing regarding a contract between Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based company that is proposing a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.

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Thanks to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, April brings pilgrims to mind. Now, a group of people are days into their 12-day trek along the route of a proposed pipeline in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went along for a step on the pipeline pilgrimage.

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