Letter being sent out a.s.a.p.

Feb. 10, 2014

Sital Mody, VP Marketing
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.
P.O. BOX 2511
Houston, TX 77252-2511

Dear Mr. Mody,

I respectfully implore you to not use Map 35, plot 27 of Millers Falls, Mass. for the Northeast Expansion Project as directed by Kinder Morgan Inc.

It is a tragedy waiting to happen, i.e. the Jan. 9, 2014 Charleston, W. Va. water pollution via leak from Freedom Industries.

We have two bodies of water, Green Pond & Great Pond, in the vicinity of your requested acquisition; along with a state forest with an inland beach that Franklin Country residents use throughout the year. Wendell State Forest is described by the mass.gov web site to be:

Located south of the Millers River, Wendell State Forest covers 7,566 acres of rolling forested hills, streams, ponds, and trails. Purchased in the 1920s the area had been heavily burned during the early 1900s. Some of the park development and most of the road systems are attributed to Civilian Conservation Corps activities in the 1930s.

Ruggles Pond is the main day-use area. This 10 acre pond offers crystal clear water for swimming and fishing. Picnic sites and a ball field with a pavilion are located nearby. There is a small boat launching ramp located at the Northern end of Wickett Pond. The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail traverses the forest boundaries and offers a small Adirondack shelter for trail users.

Third, Millers Falls has only 1,100+ residents per the U.S. Census 2010. US.com web site said Millers Falls has 0.91 square miles of land with 0.05 square miles of water area. It is a minute area that does not need the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP). 

I know, Kinder Morgan is a $110 billion industry. TGP, a subsidiary of KM, announced last Oct. that the pipeline would expand in Mass. for $81 million for only 13 miles. I also read the following Kinder Morgan pdf titled “Gas Pipeline Incidents through December 31, 2013.” It said:

 

 

Rolling 12-month

2012

3-year average

Transmission & Gathering

0.3

0.1

0.18

Transmission & Gathering US average

N/A

N/A

0.38

 An Incident means any of the following events:

(1) An event that involves a release of gas from a pipeline or of a liquefied natural gas or gas from an Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Facility and

(i) A death, or personal injury necessitating in-patient hospitalization; or

(ii) Estimated property damage of the operator or others, or both, of $50,000 or more.

(iii) Unintentional estimated gas loss of 3,000 mcf (mcf denotes a thousand cubic feet of natural gas) or more.

(2) An event that results in an emergency shutdown of an LNG facility.

(3) An event that is significant, in the judgment of the operator, even though it did not meet the criteria of paragraphs (1) or (2).

*Industry 3 year Average based on 2009-2011 statistics as reported by Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)*

 I also know that TGP/Kinder Morgan has not yet filed a petition for the building of said pipeline per the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Select Board of Montague needs to vote to accept your survey. The two-page pdf of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC of Agawam is vague. I can call the phone number listed though want to know concrete dates of when said land survey would be complete and reported back to the townspeople of Montague.

Please find another way to not use our land. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,  

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