Spectra Gas Wants Pipeline Thru Sharon & Surrounding Towns

What is this pipeline project all about?

The “Access Northeast” Project will expand Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline, and includes a proposed high-pressure 30-inch gas pipeline that will run through ten towns in Massachusetts: Milford, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Franklin, Norfolk, Walpole, Sharon, Stoughton, and Canton.

pipeline map

Spectra pipeline map

Loop extension that includes Sharon, among other towns.

We don’t think this pipeline is in the public interest and here’s why:

  • Gas pipelines are dangerous.
    • Fracked gas is packed into the pipelines at high pressure, increasing the likelihood of leaks, ruptures and/or explosions.  Major effects of these accidents vary from injuries and sustained fire to environmental contamination and health impacts from volatile chemicals. Watch video below.

RACHEL MADDOW SCREEN SHOT

  • Natural gas (which is mostly methane) contributes to global warming.
  • This is a $3 billion dollar project that will be paid for through surcharges on residential electric bills.
    • $3 billion could be spent on clean energy solutions, like solar panels and wind turbines.

Why does Spectra want to build the Northeast Access Pipeline?

  • Spectra wants to provide more capacity to New England during the winter, but there is extra gas capacity in the summer, which could be stored for use in the winter.
    • We managed supplies successfully during the exceptionally cold winter of 2014-15.
    • MA Attorney General Maura Healey says state can meet energy needs without new pipelines. Click here to read article.
  • With this expansion project, Spectra will have the ability to connect the Algonquin pipeline to the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline, and export gas from Canadian LNG terminals.
    • Exporting gas is projected to cause regional gas prices to rise to international levels.

For more information, please visit www.nosharongaspipeline.org

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3 responses to “Spectra Gas Wants Pipeline Thru Sharon & Surrounding Towns

  1. I ll sign when you fools shut off your gas heat ,clothes dryer,stove gas,fireplace. …..didn t think so. Fact..global warming is not true. If it were do you really think we can control earths climate?

    • There are alternative sources of fuel that are much cleaner than gas. Even if you don’t believe in global warming, there is no disputing the health and safety effects of this type of pipeline. You can peruse our safety page to read more about what’s happening in other parts of the country. http://nosharongaspipeline.org/safety/

      In addition, did you know that you will be paying for this thru a surcharge on your electric bill, whether you use it or not? The energy company is poised to make a huge profit off of money that they are getting from the little guy.

      Finally, if there were an explosion or fire, the Sharon FD is not allowed to respond. Response has to come from gas company. Something to consider for those who live in the blast or hazard zone. Check out the Sharon route for maps of those areas. http://nosharongaspipeline.org/sharon-route/

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