Gas Pipeline Update: Join us 1/27/16 for Information Session

Information Session Scheduled for January 27, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Think your drinking water is safe?  

Learn more about the proposed pipeline project through protected drinking water lands.

Hosted by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, a coalition of organizations, including the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, are partcipating in the following information session.  Please join us to learn more about the proposed gas pipeline project and opportunities to raise your concerns and get more involved.

Wednesday, January 27; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Town & Country Club, 22 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Registration Fee: Free
RSVP to this event at events@ctenvironment.org or 203-787-0646 ext. 102. 

CLCC submits comments on proposed gas pipeline

We have been contacted by many of you with concerns about the natural gas pipeline project that has been proposed by Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC in Connecticut, particularly as it relates to its route through Class I and Class II protected watershed lands owned by the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) in the Greater Hartford Region.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepted pre-application comments until October 16 and formal applications comments until January 15.  CLCC comments to FERC may be viewed below.  We urge you to take this opportunity to learn more about the project and voice any concerns regarding the same.  

Please take a moment to read the following message from CLCC Steering Committee member and Policy/Advocacy Subcommittee Chair Eric Hammerling (Executive Director, Connecticut Forest & Park Association [CFPA]), which provides further insights, as well as a link to information and instructions posted by Rivers Alliance of CT should you wish to submit comments.

From CFPA Executive Director Eric Hammerling: 

You may have heard about the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline that has been proposed by Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC in several communities around the State.

One of the areas of concern is the land owned by the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), the municipal water and sewer provider for the Greater Hartford region. The new 24" pipeline which would be added to an existing 16" pipeline that has been there since 1952 will directly impact the MDC's Class I and Class II watershed lands, the New England Trail National Scenic Trail, and sensitive habitats for the blue-winged warbler and other species. The new pipeline would cross 5.7 miles of MDC land and with a width of 90 feet, would disturb over 62 acres. Of course, there will also be many impacts for landowners along the course of the pipeline as well.

After attending and speaking at a hearing on the proposal for MDC lands held in West Hartford on Wednesday night (several groups were also there - CFE, CRWC, Hartford Audubon Society, 350.org, Sierra Club, etc.), I strongly believe that submitting comments to FERC by the October 16th deadline is critical. FERC has the ability to essentially over-rule any local or even state environmental permitting decisions, FERC can confer eminent domain authority to Tennessee Gas to be able to overcome "unwilling landowners", and FERC also has the ability to attach helpful (hopefully) conditions to any approval that they could potentially give.

Following are two links that will hopefully be helpful if you wish to submit comments:

Link to a story on CFPA's website about the hearing on Wednesday with a link to the map showing where the pipeline crosses MDC land and the New England Trail; and

Link to an excellent webpage on the pipeline put together by Rivers Alliance of CT. The webpage also gives helpful step-by-step directions on how to submit info to the FERC docket.

Thanks for your involvement!

All the best,
Eric

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