On April 12, FERC issued the Notice to Proceed with tree felling and construction for the TGP Connecticut Expansion pipeline project.
Senator Warren’s Office: (617) 565-3170
Senator Markey’s Office: (617) 565-8519
Congressman Neal’s Office: (413) 785-0325 (if he’s your Congressman)
Ask that your Senators (and Congressman) send a letter to FERC requesting that:
– the Notice to Proceed with tree felling and construction of Kinder Morgan’s CT Expansion pipeline project be immediately stayed or rescinded
– the Tolling Order preventing landowners from bringing their Rehearing Request to court be immediately rescinded
It is fundamentally unjust for Commission staff to allow tree felling for this project when the Commission has, for a full year, prevented impacted parties from appealing the certificate order to federal court so that their legal challenges can be heard, and while the Motion to Intervene of the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historical Preservation Office has yet to be considered.
FERC STAFF’S ACTIONS EXCEED THEIR AUTHORITY
– FERC lacks a quorum, and the Office of Energy Projects does not have authority to issue this notice to proceed when there are outstanding disputed matters.
LANDOWNERS’ REQUEST FOR REHEARING HAS GONE UNANSWERED
– The request for a rehearing of FERC’s approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity has gone unanswered for over a year. Their request raises concerns of impact, improper procedure and questions the need for the project based on confidential contracts that they have obtained. In the meantime, a “Tolling Order” issued by the office of FERC’s Secretary has prevented a court challenge to FERC’s approval.
– The Tolling Order on the rehearing request filed in the docket by Sandisfield landowners and residents must be rescinded immediately, so that these people may have their day in court.
THE NARRAGANSETT INDIAN TRIBE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION OFFICE (NITHPO) MOTION TO INTERVENE HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY FERC
The Notice To Proceed was issued by the Office of Energy Projects, early in day the on April 12, 2017, even though there were documents recently filed on the docket indicating that the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historical Preservation Office (NITHPO) would, by the end of that business day, file objections to the plan outlined in the Notification of Adverse Effect regarding Ceremonial Stone Landscapes, sacred to regional Native American cultures.