1What is the project?
Kinder Morgan, a massive energy company based in Houston that owns the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), is hoping to file an application in October 2015 to route a 30" or 36” high pressure natural gas pipeline across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with a major hub in Dracut. The project, known as Northeast Energy Direct (NED), was “pre-filed” with the federal agency FERC (Docket PF14-22 at www.ferc.gov). TGP says they hope to win approval at the end of 2016 possible construction starting in March 2017 and completion by November 2018.
2The pipeline is proposed to cross my land. What is the impact on my property?
The pipeline requires a 75 to 100 foot construction path that would be clearcut, and a 50 foot permanent easement where trees may never be grown again. The pipeline would be marked by yellow or white tubes protruding from the ground where the top of the pipe would be 3 to 8 feet below grade. Construction may require blasting. The pipeline company, if necessary, is willing to go to court to obtain easements by eminent domain.
3Does the proposed pipeline bring gas to new residences in Dracut?
No. This is an interstate transmission line that would have a pressure of 1460psi. The local pipes that bring gas service to residences and business typically have a pressure of about 100psi and are owned by National Grid. The gas in this line, according to Kinder Morgan (Sept. 15 cover letter), would replace what now flows south from the Maritimes Northeast Joint Facilities pipeline into the Dracut hub, and reverse the direction of that line so that it flows north to Canada.
4How will all electricity customers possibly pay for this pipeline?