Activists Protest Proposed Pipeline Expansion In Massachusetts

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We could have snow showers by Thanksgiving, which is just a harbinger of the cold to come. And that likely means high utility bills to come.

As we've reported, a typical Massachusetts household may be paying $30 more for electricity, alone, this winter.

"The idea is that a $2 billion pipeline, we spread that among New England's rate base, and then it'll pay for itself over time if we can bring in a lot of cheap, natural gas," Jon Chesto, managing editor at the Boston Business Journal, told us last month.

But that pipeline expansion project — which is being proposed by the energy company, Kinder Morgan, will cut through much of northern Massachusetts and is not without controversy.

In recent weeks, activists from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the "Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit" at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fitchberg, and more summits are planned throughout Massachusetts for the month of December and beyond.


Elaine Mroz, an organizer of the "Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit" and a landowner in Winchendon. The proposed pipeline expansion would cut through her property.


Radio Boston: Why Are Electricity Prices Expected To Skyrocket In New England This Winter?

  • "Even if we’re spared the frigid temperatures we saw last winter — and, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 'nothing indicates we’ll see a repeat' of the dreaded polar vortex — utilities companies like National Grid are still planing to raise electricity rates for the winter season by 37 percent."

The Boston Globe: Hundreds Rally Against Natural Gas Pipeline

  • "Several hundred people from three states packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across Northern Massachusetts."

This segment aired on November 24, 2014.


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