Posted on behalf of Jonathan Mark, Warwick Resident
I first learned that my home (for over 30 years) was targeted by a pipeline proposal that would create new infrastructure for fracked gas at a web site called NoFrackedGasInMass.org. Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. (TGP) called me for a survey a few weeks earlier. I told them I was not interested and denied permission for them to survey my land. I suggested they go to my web site, FlybyNews.com to learn more about why I would only support new infrastructure with renewable fuel technologies that do not add dangerous greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Since 1999 I have updated information and resources on “Energy Pollution’s Impact On Our Environment.”
I built my home from the trees in the driveway path and for southern exposure around
1985. The land is surrounded by the connection of three state forests in Massachusetts: the Warwick, Northfield, and Erving state forests. It is land the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had preserved for everyone. The wetlands and water systems are pure, the air super refreshing and surrounding it is life in its brilliant biodiversity and beauty. My remote neighbors are all behind stopping a pipeline not just for our personal interests, but to respect a natural world and our role as a caretaker.
Not only does TGP want to threaten pristine environments and wetlands with fracked gas transport, but they are also proposing to charge electricity rate payers for the pressurized dirty gas transport system. It is “dirty” because fracturing the earth to release gas is dirty business. All sorts of pollution harm our world, so new infrastructure to keep doing this is simply madness. I believe Einstein wrote that insanity is making the same mistake over and over again.
What helped me to deal with this madness came from the support of a local community television station, and with their facilities I produced my first documentary called “Moss Brook and TGP – No Francking Way!”
It has a running time of 28 minutes. The film gave me an outlet to communicate and share my thoughts about the continued threats made by TGP to ask a federal regulator (that never denied a request) to enable forceful eminent domain to bulldoze down from my neighbor’s place, up and over hills through sensitive land and water areas, across the land where my home is, and they want to go under Moss Brook and pressurize a gas pipeline that is sure to leak. One wonders what is really more important, clean water or dirty gas? So in the documentary I played my harmonica with the moving water.
The proposed pipeline is a lose-lose proposal for most everyone, except for a few companies and their short-term profits.What is behind such a push for such a destructive energy policy? President Eisenhower warned about the Military Industrial Complex. Now the war economy is threatening to invade our way of life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“No Fracking Way!”