Friday, January 28 2022 Sign In   |    Register
 

News Quick Search


 

News


Front Page
Power News
Gas News
Today's News
Yesterday's News
Week of Jan 24
Week of Jan 17
Week of Jan 10
Week of Jan 03
Week of Dec 27
By Topic
By News Partner
News Customization
Feedback

 

Pro Plus(+)


Add on products to your professional subscription.
  • Energy Archive News
  •  



    Home > News > Gas News > News Article

    Share by Email E-mail Printer Friendly Print

    ‘We will continue discussions’; Massachusetts lawmakers meet with Eversource over the proposed gas pipeline in Springfield and Longmeadow


    November 15, 2021 - Douglas Hook, masslive.com

     

      Massachusetts State Reps. Carlos González, Orlando Ramos and state Sen. Adam Gomez met with Eversource management on Friday to discuss the proposed pipeline planned for Springfield.

      “We are against any gas expansion or potential projects that include gas expansion, especially in the city of Springfield,” said González. “However, we will continue discussions on a reliability project that they are proposing and a preferred route. Also, the impact that it will have to, not only city and residents of Springfield but also to the suburbs.”

      The representative is also the co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. The committee is tasked with, in part, “all matters concerning laws relating to shipping or otherwise transporting energy sources.”

      Eversource has stated that the project is not an expansion program and reiterated that costs for the proposals that are still being discussed range from roughly $32.5 million to $44.6 million. The exact costs for each option are still being discussed internally at the energy company.

      González told MassLive that the energy company outlined the need for the second pipeline in the city. The existing pipes are roughly 70 years old and according to Eversource, if a natural disaster like a tornado damages one of the pipes, it could cut gas to 58,000 customers in Springfield.

      The chair of the Longmeadow Select Board, Marc A. Strange, issued a statement that was read out during the Eversource Gas open house on Thursday that was critical of this theory and referred to it as “redundant.”

      “Are we talking about a natural gas disaster, like the once in a lifetime 2010 tornado? Are we talking about an earthquake, an act of terrorism? Any of these hypothetical events seem highly unlikely to occur. So again, without a risk assessment, we’re left with speculation that some event may occur that results in a total loss of the Memorial bridge pipe and necessitate a new pipeline,” said Strange in the statement provided. “The truth is that nothing is broken here that needs to be fixed.”

      However, González highlighted the need to consider the possible impact this could have in the event this does happen.

      “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with chairman Gonzales and the other local elected officials today as we’re at the beginning of this process to propose the Western Massachusetts natural gas reliability project,” said William Hinkle, spokesperson for Eversource. “Close communication and feedback from local officials, local residents and stakeholders at all levels is critical to that process.”

      Although not discussed in the meeting on Friday with lawmakers, Eversource is currently embroiled in almost a decade of litigation over outstanding property taxes.

      Eversource is withholding millions of dollars in property taxes from 87 communities across Massachusetts, according to Eversource’s active litigation with the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (ATB).

      In Springfield, Eversource is amassing interest from the city of $9,480 daily, in addition to the $44 million debt it has incurred since 2012.

      Under Massachusetts law, Eversource must pay only 50% of the total property tax amount if they dispute the charges.

      Ramos said the law Eversource is using to only pay 50% of its property taxes was never intended for multibillion-dollar corporations. The loophole in the law has allowed Eversource to withhold millions of dollars in taxes.

      Related Content:

      ©2021 Advance Local Media LLC. Visit masslive.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

    TOP

    Other Articles - T&D Automation


    TOP

       Home  -  Feedback  -  Contact Us  -  Safe Sender  -  About Energy Central   
    Copyright © 1996-2022 by CyberTech, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Energy Central® and Energy Central Professional® are registered trademarks of CyberTech, Incorporated. Data and information is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended for trading purposes. CyberTech does not warrant that the information or services of Energy Central will meet any specific requirements; nor will it be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall CyberTech be liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages (including lost data, information or profits) sustained or incurred in connection with the use of, operation of, or inability to use Energy Central. Other terms of use may apply. Membership information is confidential and subject to our privacy agreement.