Kinder Morgan has canceled its controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline that would have brought more gas into the region and potentially made New England a throughway for natural gas bound for overseas export, according to an article on MassLIve.com
“Citing inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, the Board of Directors of the Texas-based Kinder Morgan has voted to suspend further work and expenditures on its proposed 120-mile pipeline known as Northeast Energy Direct,” MassLive.com reported.
Last July, Kinder Morgan's board had authorized its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline to proceed with the project's “market path” segment from Wright, NY to Dracut, MA, the article states. The segment alone had an estimated cost of $3.3 billion. Kinder Morgan had not yet authorized the “supply path” segment from Pennsylvania to Wright.
“The interstate pipeline has been the source of bitter opposition in western Massachusetts and parts of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore,” MassLive.com wrote.
Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg commented on Kinder Morgan’s decision. "This allows us to have a broader discussion about how to meet Massachusetts' energy needs,” he wrote. “Our discussions moving forward must include a comprehensive approach to reducing energy costs for all while meeting our increasing renewable energy needs and continuing to protect our priceless public spaces.”
U.S. Senator Ed Markey also commented on MassLive.com, saying his opposition to the pipeline is based upon concerns that it could have led to the export of American natural gas to foreign countries. “Using New England as a throughway to export U.S. gas to overseas markets might be good for the bottom lines of pipeline companies, but it could raise prices and be a disaster for consumers and businesses in our region,” Markey said.
He told MassLive.com that Massachusetts companies should repair and replace aging and leaking natural gas distribution pipeline infrastructure. “Repairing these aging, leaking natural gas pipelines is a win for safety, a win for job creation, a win for consumers who have to pay for this lost gas, and a win for the climate.”
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