For years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber-stamping new gas pipelines and plants, ignoring the overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible to preserve a livable climate.
Now, it’s time to stand up to FERC. The 350 Massachusetts Climate Legacy campaign is mobilizing to submit comments to FERC opposing two new gas projects proposed for Massachusetts: the Spectra pipeline expansion and the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
By submitting hundreds of thoughtful, well-researched comments, we can help turn the tide and stop the new gas projects planned for Massachusetts.
HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT
2) FERC will send you an email. Click on the link at the bottom of the email. The link will take you to a page for submitting your comments with your name and contact information already filled in.
3) Start by inputting the docket number for the Kinder Morgan pipeline (PF14-22). Hit the button marked “Search”, then wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.
4) Then, input the docket number for the Spectra pipeline expansion (CP14-96). Again, hit “Search” and wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.
5) Finally, enter your comment and tell FERC why we need to stop new gas pipelines! It lets you enter up to 6000 characters. It’s best if you type up your comment before, and just copy and paste it into this box. When you’re done, hit the “enter” button on the site.
WHAT TO WRITE
Quality matters. FERC is required by law to read each comment carefully and weigh the substantive arguments for and against each project. Concise, well-written, and well-researched comments can make a big impact.
Here are some ideas:
Remind FERC that building new gas pipelines will lead to climate chaos. Need background material? Check out the “Bridge Too Far” report from 350MA’s own policy team!
Tell FERC that new pipelines are unnecessary. To learn more about why the Kinder Morgan pipeline, in particular, isn’t needed, click here.
Submit questions and requests for information. What questions should gas companies have to answer before they can build new projects?
Share personal stories about how gas pipelines will impact you.
Note: do not share specific information about your individual objections to the Kinder Morgan pipeline (such as, “the north end of my property is home to this endangered species”, etc.). The Kinder Morgan pipeline is still in the “pre-filing” stage, and it’s better to reveal such information during the “filing” stage.