For years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber-stamping new gas pipelines and plants, ignoring the overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible to preserve a livable climate.
Now, it’s time to stand up to FERC. From November 3-7, people are gathering at FERC’s headquarters in Washington, DC to oppose new gas infrastructure.
In solidarity, the 350 Massachusetts Climate Legacy campaign is mobilizing to submit comments to FERC opposing two new gas projects proposed for Massachusetts: the Spectra pipeline expansion and the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
By submitting hundreds of thoughtful, well-researched comments, we can help turn the tide and stop the new gas projects planned for Massachusetts.
HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT
1) Click here and enter your name, address, email address, and phone number, then hit “Authorize’.
2) FERC will send you an email. Click on the link at the bottom of the email. The link will take you to a page for submitting your comments with your name and contact information already filled in.
3) Start by inputting the docket number for the Kinder Morgan pipeline (PF14-22). Hit the button marked “Search”, then wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.
4) Then, input the docket number for the Spectra pipeline expansion (CP14-96). Again, hit “Search” and wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.
5) Finally, enter your comment and tell FERC why we need to stop new gas pipelines! It lets you enter up to 6000 characters. It’s best if you type up your comment before, and just copy and paste it into this box. When you’re done, hit the “enter” button on the site.
7) Fill out this form so we know how many comments have been submitted from the 350MA network!
8) If you wish, you can submit a third comment about the proposed lateral pipeline that would run to the new Salem gas plant. You can only submit comments about two projects simultaneously, so you’ll need to begin the process again, starting with the initial link, to submit a third comment. The docket number for the lateral pipeline is CP14-522-000.
WHAT TO WRITE
FERC is required by law to read each comment carefully and weigh the arguments for and against each project. At this stage, our primary objective is to be loud and show the strength of the grassroots movement against the pipeline.
Share personal stories about how gas pipelines will impact you, and talk about the opposition to new gas infrastructure that you’ve seen in your community!
Note: do not share specific information about your individual objections to the Kinder Morgan pipeline (such as, “the north end of my property is home to this endangered species”, etc.). The Kinder Morgan pipeline is still in the “pre-filing” stage, and it’s better to reveal such information during the “filing” stage.