LEGISLATORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST KINDER MORGAN’S PROPOSED NORTHEAST DIRECT GAS PIPELINE PROJECT

MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 25, 2014

“As legislators representing communities to be impacted by the proposed Tennessee Gas/Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct gas pipeline, we want to make our opposition to the project clear. We oppose the project for environmental, economic, public safety and public health reasons. In recent months we have heard a message of overwhelming opposition from our constituents, on those grounds and others. We have performed our due diligence and met with various state agencies, project proponents, environmental organizations, local laborers and our constituents to better understand the project, all issues surrounding it and state government’s role in the process. While it is clear the ultimate power in permitting and approving the project rests with the federal government, in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), it is our responsibility as state legislators to speak for our communities. As such, we have come to the conclusion that while building the Northeast Direct Gas Pipeline would provide the economic benefit of providing good jobs with good wages for local labor, the project as a whole is not in the public interest. We can and should do better.”

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing, Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District 

State Representative Stephen Kulik, 1st Franklin District

State Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi, 1st Berkshire District

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli, 4th Berkshire District

State Representative Paul W. Mark, 2nd Berkshire District