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GAS PIPELINE EDUCATIONAL FORUM

When: Saturday November 22nd, 2014 from 1 PM to 3 PM

Where: Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford, CT 06106

What: This event is to learn about the increase in high-pressure, large diameter pipelines and gas infrastructure planned for Connecticut.  These new or enlarged pipelines carry fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale into and across the state of Connecticut.  There are currently 5 projects undergoing approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that will cover virtually our whole state: Spectra Energy’s AIM, Atlantic Bridge, and Access Northeast projects; and Tennessee Gas/Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED) and CT Expansion projects.

Why: It is important to learn about the economic, community and environmental effects of this huge increase in gas infrastructure.  This forum will provide education about why gas prices fluctuate, and if more gas is really needed.  We need to understand why the policy makers set energy policy which subverts the switch to non-polluting, renewable energy.  There is clear evidence that pipeline construction will not lower gas prices, but will increase costs to consumers.  We have speakers who will explain the environmental damage associated with the pipelines.  The pipelines have grave economic and environmental costs, and questionable need.  This is the time to invest in clean energy, yet the Marcellus Shale gas boom is driving this expansion, and the winners are Exxon, Chevron, and BP, among others.  The people of Connecticut stand to lose a great deal, as large amounts of both public and private land are dug up to lay pipeline carrying dirty, fracked gas.

You will learn about actions to take to get more information, to get more information, to get more involved, and to take a stand against dirty, polluting energy expansion, which benefits industry at any cost to people and the environment.  Other groups in surrounding states are fighting the same pipeline expansions, and we will hear at this event about their challenges and successes.

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Fight The Pipelines!! !!! Fracked Gas Is Coming to Connecticut in large diameter, high pressure Pipelines, courtesy of gas companies who need to sell their product overseas for profit. ! !

How do you feel about methane poisoning the air and changing the climate?!
How do you feel about radioactive gases released from pipelines near schools and parks?!
How do you feel about rivers, streams, wetlands, and wildlife areas being disrupted ?!
How do you feel about Fracking?! !

Well, fracking is coming to Connecticut in every way except the wells. Gas Companies plan to dig up and drill across our entire state in order to place large diameter, high pressure pipelines to carry fracked shale gas, from various projects of different gas companies. A few of these projects are: CT Expansion (Tennessee Gas Co), Algonquin Incremental Market (Spectra Energy), and Northeast Energy Direct (Tenn Gas Co). The energy industry wants to move this fracked shale gas from states to the south and west of us to the coast, where it can be converted to liquid gas at LNG stations and shipped overseas, at great profit to gas companies. ! !

WE CAN FIGHT THIS!! !

Come to the FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC) scoping meeting on Tuesday, October 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the East Granby Community Center, 20 Center Street, East Granby, CT 06026, and give testimony about why you don’t want huge pipelines carrying fracked gas to be built in our state. ! !

The project being discussed at this scoping meeting is the CT Expansion. This project has not yet been approved, so now is the time to tell FERC about our environmental concerns regarding the transport of shale gas. FERC must consider the environmental impact of transporting dirty fracked gas across our state and the impact that it will have on human health.!!

You can also give written testimony on the FERC website. The deadline for written comments is Nov. 10. Please contact the email below to get involved, for help with speaking and/or writing points for your testimony, and to meet at the scoping meeting. !!

Gas=Methane. Methane is over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a global greenhouse gas, causing climate disruption. Yet, no agency, including EPA, regulates methane. There is NO regulation of this dangerous gas in the US. The industry is taking advantage of a lack of regulatory oversight of methane and of fracking to push through a large number of dangerous, unnecessary pipeline projects. !! Low Demand Studies in other states have found that new fossil fuel infrastructure is unnecessary. The companies who support these pipelines are Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil. !! Contact: mkleinrn@aol.com for information and to get involved.

Shale Gas Boom Is Coming to Connecticut by Martha Klein

As a result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, oil and gas have become cheaper to extract, and the drop in domestic market price is forcing profit driven energy companies to seek alternate markets. The gas companies want to build new pipeline, increase the size of older pipeline, and bring more gas into our state, ostensibly for domestic use but also to link pipeline to liquid natural gas stations which convert gas to liquid fuel for storage and shipping. Right now, the gas, or more accurately, the methane, that is imported via pipelines into Connecticut is about half fracked, but in the future, that amount will be close to 100%. Energy companies claim this pipeline infrastructure increase is needed, because in winter the demand for gas increases in New England, which results in price volatility. Opponents point out numerous flaws in that claim, however. The overall energy use in our state has decreased slightly. People are responding to the crisis caused by climate disruption that they see all around them, and are using less energy as a result. A number of recent studies demonstrate that by continuing this trend of using less power, no more fossil fuels need to be added to the electrical energy mix. (more info to come!) (click on either jpeg for a closer look!)

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