NED Pipeline Application Withdrawn Others Still Pending

On May 23, 2016, in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, J. Curtis Moffatt, deputy general counsel at the Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, notified the agency that the Northeast Direct pipeline application was being withdrawn. Read more here.
A number of land trusts and private landowners have been approached by representatives of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“TGP”, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners) for permission to survey their land for the TGP Northeast Energy Direct project (NED)—a high-pressure natural gas pipeline planned to run from New York state through northern Massachusetts from Richmond to Dracut. There is great concern in the community that this pipeline is planned to traverse a number of environmentally sensitive areas including publicly and privately owned conservation land. The MLTC board has voted to “strongly oppose the use of any conservation land including conservation properties owned and/or managed by land trusts, municipalities, state and federal government entities for locating natural gas pipelines or infrastructure related thereto.” MLTL has drafted and sent a letter stating this position to Governor Patrick and Secretary Sullivan. The letter can be viewed here.

MLTC is a founding member of Northeast Energy Solutions. More informaiton at

A website offering resources and information about the pipeline has been created. That website, (Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network), is hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Conservation Land Impacted by Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline June 2015

Presentations on Process

Participating in the FERC Process presentation by Jocelyn D'Ambrosio View here

Letters in Opposition

   Attorney General Maura Healey's Cover Letter to FERC on MA Pipeline Study here

   A number of land trusts affected by the pipeline have issued statements and letters. See letters here.

    Read Berkshire Natural Resources letter to Kinder Morgan here.

    Read Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust comments here.

    MA legislators issue joint statement on Northeast Energy Direct pipeline May 15, 2014. View here.

    Read a letter to the New England governors on the pipeline here.

    Read a letter to FERC from Northeast Energy Solutions here.

General Pipeline Information and Resources

    Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline presentation here.

    Northeast Energy Direct Pre-filing Application to FERC here.  Search for Docket # PF14-22

    MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs letter to FERC on the NED project here.

    MACC advice to Conservation Commissions here.

    Energy Price Fluctuations Information Sheet here.

    Jobs Created in Massachusetts by Clean Energy Industry here.

    Harvard Law Clinic Presentation on Protected Land, MA Laws and Eminent Domain here.