KM/TGP/NED Pipeline

Withdrawal of Natural Gas pipeline update (5/23/2016)

On April 22, 2016, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company filed a letter with FERC indicating that: "As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers and a determination that the Project is uneconomic, Kinder Morgan, Inc., Tennessee's parent company, announced on April 20, 2016 that the company would suspend further work and expenditures on the Project." Then, on May 23, 2016, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company filed a letter withdrawing its application. AVIS is pleased that it Nat Smith Reservation as well as other conservation land and private homeowners are no longer threatened by this pipeline. AVIS tried to provide information to the public about this project and thanks all those who wrote letters and/or attended meetings.

Kinder Morgan proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Application (3/26/2016)

Previous Information

"As of December 8, 2014, Kinder Morgan has revised the route of this pipeline.  There was a major change in the main line from NY to Dracut that moves a large piece of it through New Hampshire.  They also made a change to the Lynnfield Lateral that passed through Andover.  The lateral no longer goes through any AVIS reservations. It also now avoids the Town water supply at Fish Brook and the Wood Hill and High Plain schools. The proposal is to enter Andover near the power lines at the Franciscan Center on River Road and generally to follow the Andover/Tewksbury border to Wilmington.  This route could be changed at any time so AVIS Trustees will continue to monitor this project and will continue to work with the Town on it." The revised map from Kinder Morgan is available at:

Video of Andover's Forum on the pipeline held at the Wood Hill Middle School on November 13, 2014.  This forum was sponsored by the Town Conservation Commission and AVIS and co-hosted by Dan Kolowski, chair of the Board of Selectman and John Hess, vice president of AVIS.
Also here are the playback times on live TV:
Andover public channel Comcast 8 Verizon 47
Mondays 9pm, Wednesdays 2pm, Fridays 8:30 am
Andover Government channel Comcast 22 Verizon 45
Tuesdays 9am, Saturdays 9 am

Here are some interesting links from
Massachusetts DOER low demand study — information for stakeholders; final stakeholder meeting December 18th

Massplan fact sheet "The Real Story Behind utility rate hikes”

CLF article by Shanna Cleveland: "3 Things No One is Telling You About Rising Energy Costs"

One page facts sheet:

Half page handout telling people what they can do in protest:

Directions on how to register with FERC (including the proper docket numbers):

FERC website for Docket Number is PF14-22:

Massachusetts State website of energy and environmental affairs:

Excellent 6 minute video summarizing the basics

Video on Colocation with a power line corridor: WMECO transmission power line corridor

For more details, this 29 minute video that is easy to understand and shows why a new large pipeline is a bad idea
The Next Generation: From Pipelines to Propaganda-Putting the ‘Best’ Energy Policies to Work
Guests: Massachusetts State Senator James ‘Jamie’ Eldridge, Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and
Climate Change, and Member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; Jim O’Reilly,
Director of Public Policy at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

Nashoba Conservation Trust - A land group with informational links and resources:

About our state global warming solutions act

State sponsored study on need for additional infrastructure

Pepperell's Community TV channel has quite a few pipeline videos including a 128 minute one on the 11/15/14 State Summit

Groups opposing the pipeline across Massachusetts

Facts and figures about the pipeline

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Contact local officials to lobby them:

New York opposition Group with a lot of good information

Landowner Information

Interesting analysis of how we got where we are and what to do about it by Dennis Eklof September 8, 2014

Energy Consumption charts with possible alternatives

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC  

America's Solar Boom

Fix the leaks first!

Back in the late 1800s it was tough to get everyone switched from wood energy to coal.  Interesting look at getting us to switch back to renewable energy,

Clean energy creates jobs

Pipeline safety:
List of all pipeline explosions in the United States.  Read the ones for natural gas.

The Pipeline Safety Trust promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment.

National Pipeline Mapping System

Pro pipeline group:
Coaliton to Lower Energy Costs (CLEC)
Blog from the Conservation Law Foundation
Boston Globe