On April 12, FERC issued the Notice to Proceed with tree felling and construction for the TGP’s (Kinder Morgan) Connecticut Expansion Pipeline project (Docket number CP14-529). There are a few unresolved issues that should have prevented that from happening.
Request to Congressional Delegation regarding CT Expansion Project
Ask that your Senators (and Congressmen) send a letter to FERC to requesting that:
– the Notice to Proceed with tree felling and construction of Kinder Morgan’s CT Expansion pipeline project be immediately stayed or rescinded
– the Tolling Order preventing landowners from bringing their Rehearing Request to court be immediately rescinded
It is fundamentally unjust for Commission staff to allow tree felling for this project when the Commission has, for a full year, prevented impacted parties from appealing the certificate order to federal court so that their legal challenges can be heard, and while the Motion to Intervene of the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historical Preservation Office has yet to be considered.
Soon the Senate will be dealing with nominations for the empty FERC Commission seats, so this is an important example of the failings of FERC and the need for careful selection of nominees.
Senator Warren’s Office: (617) 565-3170
Senator Markey’s Office: (617) 565-8519
Congressman Neal’s Office: (413) 785-0325
*Even if you’re out of Neal’s District contact your Congressional Rep.
LANDOWNER REQUEST FOR REHEARING HAS GONE UNANSWERED
The request for a rehearing of FERC’s approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity has gone unanswered for over a year. Their request raises concerns of impact, improper procedure and questioning the need for the project based on confidential contracts that they have obtained . In the meantime, a “Tolling Order” issued by the office of FERC’s Secretary Bose has prevented the landowners from challenging the project’s approval in court.
– The Tolling Order on members of Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipeline (S.T.O.P.) must be rescinded immediately, so that these affected landowners may have their day in court.
THE NARRAGANSETT INDIAN TRIBE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION OFFICE (NITHPO)
MOTION TO INTERVENE HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY FERC
The Notice To Proceed was issued by the Office of Energy Projects, early in day the on April 12, 2017, even though there were documents recently registered on the docket that the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historical Preservation Office (NITHPO) would, by the end of the business day, filing objections to the plan outlined in the Notification of Adverse Effect regarding Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSLs), sacred to regional Native American cultures.
– The Notice to Proceed must be stayed or rescinded immediately to allow due consideration of the NITHPO Motion to Intervene.
– As stated in the NITHPO Answer in Opposition to the Request for Notice to Proceed, FERC lacks a quorum, and the Office of Energy Projects does not have authority to decide a disputed matter.