PIPE LINE AWARENESS NETWORK for the Northeast
Dear Members & Supporters,
We're pleased to announce that a very generous supporter has put forward a $20,000 challenge grant. Please help us match this challenge -- whether you give under $50 or over $5,000, we greatly appreciate your support of our work.
We remain engaged in proceedings in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and have filed scoping comments at FERC on several key topics (including alternatives/need, socioeconomics, drinking water supplies, and air quality). In addition to the legal and regulatory work, we want to hire more technical experts, put some money into a PR push, and invest in strengthening our organization with some modestly paid staffing so that we are able to sustain our efforts for the long haul.
Many of you have heard that we've just appealed the decisions of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) that denied us full intervenor status in the NED capacity contract proceedings. Our appeals are made directly to the highest court in Massachusetts. If the Supreme Judicial Court rules in our favor, we will have the opportunity to engage our experts in review of the gas companies' confidential information and fully participate in the proceedings.
Meanwhile, our joint-petitioner, State Representative Stephen Kulik, has introduced legislation to improve the rules for allowing intervenor status in DPU proceedings. The legislation now has some 30 co-sponsors, so we have already succeeded in raising awareness in the legislature about defects in the way the DPU operates.
In New Hampshire, many legislative allies have been at work on new legislation pertaining to NED as well. At the NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a ruling on the Liberty Utilities capacity agreement is expected soon. Our advocacy in that proceeding has already helped reduce the proposed size of that contract. We will weigh the PUC's ruling carefully in determining our next steps. In a separate proceeding at the PUC on the issue of whether electric utilities can and should contract for pipeline capacity, the PUC staff has unfortunately issued a report in favor of NED. The commissioners have not yet ruled in that proceeding (nor has the DPU in a similar MA proceeding), but we are increasing our outreach to the business community and state and local government officials in relation to this matter and others that pertain to pipeline expansion.
Please help with a contribution of any size, so we can meet our goal of matching this $20,000 grant before Kinder Morgan files their formal application at FERC (we've heard they have an October 24th target date). We are grateful for your support of our efforts.
on behalf of PLAN for the Northeast