Please report any suspicious survey activity you see by filling out this form!
DENYING/RESCINDING PERMISSION TO SURVEY:
Landowners have the right to refuse access to survey their property, even if you initially granted permission. This is perhaps the strongest action you can take to show a united front against the project. Sample letters:
Information for landowners from FERC:
- FERC Citizens’ Guide: An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land?
- FERC’s FAQ on Pre-Filing
- Landowner’s Guide to Pipelines from the Pipeline Safety Trust
- “Knowing and Protecting Your Rights When an Interstate Gas Pipeline Comes to Your Community,” Carolyn Elefant, Esq.
REGARDING DPU PROCEDURES (Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities):
TGP / Kinder Morgan has, for the time being, decided to forgo a DPU petition to obtain access to land against landowner wishes. The company has stated that it will instead pre-file with FERC without gaining access to survey those landowners’ property on the ground (it does intend to conduct aerial surveys). Whether they will seek access through DPU at a later time is currently unclear. The following information may be useful in the event that they do.
DPU has advised that landowners will have an opportunity to participate in hearings if Kinder Morgan/TGP files a petition at the DPU to access land for permission to survey.
If the DPU grants the pipeline company permission to survey after all, this is what the report looks like:
» Sample DPU Order Granting Permission to Survey This order is from February 2014 concerning TGP’s proposed Connecticut Expansion, which would impact landowners in southern Berkshire and Hampden Counties.
MA DEPT. OF PUBLIC UTILITIES CONTACT INFO:
1 South Station, Track 13, Boston, MA 02110
» See departments’ phone numbers and emails on Contact Page
» Full listing of agency personnel