Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

easement32What Is Northeast Energy Direct?

NED is a large pipeline expansion project being proposed by TGP/KM. It includes the large new natural gas transmission line that, earlier, had been referred to as the Northeast Expansion, which would include new looping along the 200 line from a gas hub in Wright NY to Richmond, MA, then a new path from Richmond north and eastward to a hub in Dracut, MA. The larger project also includes new pipeline from TGP’s 300 line in Pennsylvania, up through Susquehanna Co. and into NY state to the hub in Wright, providing a direct path from the fracking fields of PA to the gas hub in eastern MA and the connecting Maritimes and Northeast pipeline in Maine.

How many miles of pipeline?

The general project description as recent as TGP/KMs Resource Report 1, November 2015 suggests the proposed project would involve the construction of 419.66 miles of pipeline.

  • ~ 78.42 miles of pipeline in Pennsylvania;
  • ~ 148.68 miles of pipeline in New York;
  • ~ 100.19 miles of pipeline in Massachusetts;
  • ~ 77.57 miles of pipeline in New Hampshire
  • ~ 14.8 miles of pipeline in Connecticut

Is there more than just a pipeline?

The project description suggests the following proposed Compressor Stations:

  • Modification to Wyalusing compressor station in Pennsylvania;
  • New Milford 52,500 hp compressor station in Pennsylvania;
  • New Franklin/Otego 50,500 hp compressor station in New York;
  • New Schoharie 50,500 hp compressor station in New York;
  • New Wright 20,600 hp compressor station in New York;
  • New Nassau 41,000 hp compressor station in New York;
  • New Windsor 41,000 hp compressor station in Massachusetts;
  • New Northfield 41,000 hp compressor station in Massachusetts;
  • New Dracut 23,000 hp compressor station in Massachusetts;
  • New New Ipswich 41,000 hp compressor station in New Hampshire;

Are there more above ground facilities proposed?

The project description suggests the following proposed meter stations:

  • New Wright 1.000 bcf/day meter station in New York;
  • New Wright 1.300 bcf/day meter station in New York;
  • New Wright 1.000 bcf/day meter station in New York;
  • New Lanesborough 0.060 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Deerfield 1.300 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Dracut 0.477 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Lynnfield 0.300 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Dracut 0.500 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Lunenburg 0.120 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Everett 0.0500 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Longmeadow 0.0720 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Pittsfield 0.040 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Wilmington 0.355 bcf/day meter station in Massachusetts;
  • New Merrimack 0.100 bcf/day meter station in New Hampshire;
  • New Windham 0.500 bcf/day meter station in New Hampshire;

Can A Private Corporation Take My Land?

If the FERC determines that there is a public need for the NED pipeline, they will grant the pipeline company a “certificate of public convenience and necessity”  authorizing the construction and operation of the pipeline.  This would include the taking of land by Eminent Domain

Who Would Pay For The Pipeline?

All New England Electricity Customers may be forced to pay an additional tariff on their electric bills to underwrite this private corporate enterprise which Wall Street has projected will generate enormous profits for Kinder Morgan and the out-of-state gas producers and sellers.  More on the Tariff

Will The Natural Gas Benefit New England?

The question is often asked, “Will this pipeline be used for export?” and repeatedly the answers from TGP/KM representatives are similar to, “yes, but …” or “could not rule out the possibly” This is certainly not a “No” and there is plenty of reason to believe that the pipeline is primarily for export. Kinder Morgan representatives state that 0.6 to 0.7 billion cubic feet/day of natural gas may serve New England. However, the pipeline being proposed would carry 1.3 billion cubic feet/day.  More on Export

How Would This Affect My Property?

Initial construction can clear-cut and level a 125′-wide swath of landscape, destroying the curb appeal of the property. Although trees may be restored (after decades of maturation) in a portion of this swath, a permanent 50′ easement is virtually unusable by the homeowner. This remaining easement must be kept clear of any deep-root vegetation such as shrubs and trees. Grasses and weeds are allowed to cover the permanent pipeline scar, and herbicides may be applied as a method of controlling unwanted vegetation.  More on Affected Property Owners

What If I Am A Neighbor to The Pipeline?

Residents who escape the path of the pipeline are not spared the cost of a pipeline running through the town.  More on Affected Neighbors

Are There Safety Concerns?

Distribution pipelines are pressurized up to 200 psi and carry natural gas from between large transmission lines and service lines.  The proposed NED project would be a 36″ diameter interstate transmission pipeline, pressurized at 1400 psi.

Pipeline Integrity and Releases
From time to time, despite our best efforts, our pipelines experience leaks and ruptures. These leaks and ruptures may cause explosions, fire, and damage to the environment, damage to property and/or personal injury or death. In connection with these incidents, we may be sued for damages caused by an alleged failure to properly mark the locations of our pipelines and/or to properly maintain our pipelines. Depending upon the facts and circumstances of a particular incident, state and federal regulatory authorities may seek civil and/or criminal fines and penalties.
» Source: Kinder Morgan’s SEC 10-K filing

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Are There Leaks Associated With Pipelines?

American consumers are paying billions of dollars for natural gas that never reaches their homes, but instead leaks from aging distribution pipelines, contributing to climate change, threatening public health, and sometimes causing explosions.  More on Inefficiencies

What Is The FERC?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent government agency, officially organized as part of the Department of Energy. The purpose of the FERC is to protect the public and energy customers, ensuring that regulated energy companies are acting within the law.  More on the FERC

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