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Access Northeast is all about Export

What the proposed Access Northeast project and other nearby projects will do is bring 35% more gas reserves to our region- or rather “through” our region. In Feb/ 2016 the US Department of Energy approved pipeline exports of domestic natural gas to Canada for export through LNG (liquified natural gas) shipping ports. It is clear that big energy companies want to build expensive and risky gas infrastructure in Massachusetts to get their fracked gas from the shale fields in PA through the Northeast and into Canada for export -and to have us pay for it!

Liquefaction storage facilities are the last step to loading LNG onto giant tankers for export to the more lucrative world market. Up until this year there was just one such plant on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. With our nationwide fracking boom, the US has now become the number one producer of fracked gas in the world, while both the price of gas and our future domestic needs have fallen and are projected to fall further. Fracked gas overproduction has gas industry admitting that they have “slit their own throats” and the glut of gas is driving a desperate new push to export overseas. To this end, FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) has recently approved four new liquefaction plants in the Southeast US this year with the clear intent to export LNG. Thus, the end goal for Access Northeast  to get fracked gas reserves through NE for export out of Canada for export is in complete alignment with the current national trajectory. 

Key facts regarding the proposed compression station

Normal operational functions of the compressor stations include:

The station will be powered by a noisy gas powered 10,320 turbine engine- the dirtiest of its kind and which produce sound 24/7. In addition to the constant noise is the constant vibration from compressor stations which is very disruptive to human and animal health and wellbeing causing lack of sleep and heightened anxiety levels. Called “low frequency noise” (LFN), this can be felt up to 5 miles away and is currently unregulated by the EPA. 

 

Compressor stations sites also include Condensate tanks, Storage tanks, Glycol Dehydration Units, Amine Units, Scrubbers, Filter Separators, whose function is to remove liquids, dirt, and other “impurities” from the natural gas as it moves along the pipeline to its final destination. These “impurities” (including toxic fracking chemicals) are removed from the gas and are then stored on site, then “disposed of” or sold. The details of which are also extremely concerning to the public. All of these compressor station units release emissions into the air with respiratory health impacts of particular concern to such vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly.

 

As compressor stations operate 24 hours / 7 days a week, they require stadium style lights that will illuminate the minimum 15 acres needed for the compressor station complex.

About Access Northeast

CARCS Position Statement

Access Northeast (ANE) is a gas pipeline project expansion being forced upon our region by Spectra Energy Algonquin Pipeline Transmission LLC.

Access Northeast is now currently on hold (since 6/2017). ANE called for the construction of a compressor station in Rehoboth that would increase gas throughput in our existing Algonquin pipeline, and increase our dependence on natural gas. Spectra’s ANE project would entail the taking of property by eminent domain, the destruction of our protected and treasured open spaces and jeopardize our state's ability to meet its mandated emissions requirements. Access Northeast would increase the risk to our personal health and safety, negatively impact our property values, and our quality of life- which includes our right to clean air and water.

CARCS refutes Spectra’s claim that we need more gas reserves and we recognize this project is no benefit to us. ANE is all about export and making profits for Spectra. Meanwhile with increased demand and rising gas prices on the world market, our electricity rates will soar. As a part of their plan, Spectra Energy is seeking to force ratepayers to pay for the construction of their project- which we reject.

Rather than supporting new expensive unneeded pipeline infrastructure, we are mandating badly needed repairs to the existing pipelines whose lost fuel we have been paying for. CARCS is committed to working together with our neighbors and others in our region and state to stop the Rehoboth compressor station and this unnecessary pipeline project. We believe the only way to stop greedy companies like Spectra and the only path forward for our community and our state is through increased efficiency, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and by expanding renewable technologies.