Here are Spectra maps showing project components and abutters’ properties.

Landowners should be concerned about the Spectra Access Northeast pipeline.

With its Access Northeast project, Spectra Energy is proposing to build two new gas pipelines through many Massachusetts towns: one through Medway, Bellingham,  Millis, Franklin, Norfolk, Walpole, Sharon, Canton, and Stoughton. The other through Medway, Milford, Upton, Grafton, Millbury, Sutton, Shrewsbury, Boylston, and West Boylston.

New and expanded compressor stations and liquefied natural gas facilities with additional pipelines are being proposed in Rehoboth, Weymouth, Braintree, Acushnet, and Freetown.

What are the politics of the project?

Governor Baker supports making New England utility customers pay for the construction of the pipeline through utility charges, a hidden tax without citizen input, despite his promise of “no new taxes.”

Massachusetts doesn’t need additional gas pipelines; we managed without them for the most extreme winter ever, 2014-2015, by planning properly for our winter energy needs, unlike the “Polar Vortex” winter of 2013-2014 for which the energy markets were manipulated to create a sense of scarcity.

The Spectra pipeline will send gas to Canadian LNG terminals for export which will significantly raise the price of gas to international levels.

Pipelines can lower the value of your property 10-30% by increasing the easement corridor and restricting the use of your land. See this and this.

All pipelines eventually leak and they can explode; since 1995, over 10,800 “incidents” have happened nationwide at the rate of over ten per week, costing $6.3 billion in property damage.

Gas contains over 60 neurotoxins, carcinogens and endocrine disruptors; moreover, gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia contains radon.  See this and this references.

Gas is a fossil fuel, contributing significantly to climate change; gas from the point of extraction to the point of use is as damaging to the atmosphere as coal.

 What are my Landowner Rights?

You have the right to deny or rescind permission for Spectra to survey your land. Doing so is a separate process from negotiation of terms of easement.

Until a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is obtained from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Spectra cannot bypass any state or local regulations.

Each individual property is negotiated separately. You can make specific requests when talking with Spectra, including adjusting the route within your property and negotiating your price.

Spectra encourages landowners to get a lawyer to help with easement negotiation, but will not compensate for legal fees.

According to a Massachusetts attorney knowledgeable about eminent domain, holding out for eminent domain leaves homeowners in a strong position, relieving the land owner of tax and liability burdens.

What can I do about this pipeline?

Become informed

Attend the Greater Franklin 350 Massachusetts meetings the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM at the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA. Check out our resources page. Contact us.

Consider denying or rescinding permission to Spectra Energy to survey your property

Contact us for the appropriate letter which we can email you

Fill it out, sign it, and hand it directly to surveyors when they arrive at your property or mail it to Spectra via Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested: Cory Rivenburgh, Right-of-Way Project Manager,
Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, 249 Vanderbilt Ave, Suite 100, Norwood, MA 02062.

Also, make a copy for your records and send a copy to FERC: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

 Contact property owners and others in town

Door-to-door, phone tree or meetings by invitation

Contact town leaders, the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission – see Contact Officials page

Go to our Resource page to find materials to print out and to give to your neighbors, politicians, and town officials.