Opponents of tube reason five-mile wordless oneness march
December 14, 2015 - storage organizer
CUMMINGTON — Members of a West Cummington Church and several supporters hold a 5-mile travel from Cummington to Plainfield on Sunday, to criticism Kinder Morgan’s skeleton to build a 412-mile widespread healthy gas tube know as a Northeast Energy Direct Project.
“While a tube has political, financial and of impetus environmental impacts, we also wanted to residence a devout finish of things, given it is also a dignified dilemma,” eventuality organizer Sue Riley said. “The wish is to move this brazen into people’s alertness and to inspire people to consider deeply about this issue.”
Roughly 30 people, from youngsters to seniors over 80, took partial in a “silent oneness march,” a comparatively still proof save for some symphonic chanting of prayers. They came from a accumulation of towns including Cummington, Plainfield, Chesterfield, Northampton, Worthington, Athol and Leverett.
Led by eventuality organizers and monks of a Nippozan Myohoji Buddhist Order from a New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, a organisation left from a Cummington Village Church on Main Street during 10 a.m. to a sound of toll church bells.
As a monks invariably chanted a dedicated prayer, a marchers proceeded to Plainfield, where they assimilated about 25 other protesters orderly by Plainfield Opposition to a Pipeline (POP). This organisation has been holding weekly protests during 184 East Main St. (Route 116), a site of a due siren yard and entertainment area for a pipeline.
The 300-acre parcel has been a operative plantation for some-more than 100 years and is now underneath an Agricultural Preservation Restriction.
POP is endangered that a storage of dangerous materials and a steam of oil and hydraulic fluids will negatively impact a land withdrawal it but any rural use once a association has finished with it.
“If we compress this dirt we destroy a rural productivity,” internal Plainfield rancher Edward Stockman said. “Kinder Morgan is usually meddlesome in removing a tube laid; we are meddlesome in safeguarding a land, generally in a face of meridian change when these soils are going to turn unequivocally critical for flourishing crops.”
Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct tube plan is now underneath examination by a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The tube would lift 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fields to Dracut any day, flitting by Plainfield in Hampshire County and 8 Franklin County towns.
Rema Loeb, 82, of Plainfield, attended a impetus dynamic to travel as distant as she could, infrequently hopping into a automobile following a walkers when a hilly highway became steep.
“I fought fracking in New York State for years with my husband,” Loeb said. “When we listened about this tube coming, we suspicion how could we not get involved?”
Barry Febos of Northampton pronounced he suspicion it was critical to attend in a impetus to assistance finish a country’s coherence on unsustainable appetite sources.
“I am here to uncover antithesis to a plan that we don’t consider will advantage anyone, and in a prolonged run will lengthen a coherence on hoary fuels,” Febos said.
Others pronounced they believed that a gas granted by a would-be tube would not even be done accessible in New England.
“I live on Main Street in Cummington and this is a regard of cave in that it is going to interrupt a lot of land here, and we are not even going to advantage from a gas as it is all going overseas,” John Maruskin of Cummington said. “We only don’t need something like this.”
The tube has met with clever antithesis given a plan was initial due dual years ago. Protest organizer Jane Crosby of Cummington pronounced Sunday’s impetus was one of many events that have been function all along a dictated trail of a pipeline.
“There only isn’t one good reason to support this pipeline, generally with a news only expelled by Attorney General Maura Healey that calls this plan risky, dear and unnecessary,” Crosby said. “This punches a hole in a evidence that Kinder Morgan says we have to have this for a electrical security, that is simply not true.”
Following a walk, many of a participants returned to a church in Cummington for a giveaway display of a documentary “Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water.” The film takes a tough demeanour during appetite descent techniques and facilities a accumulation of people who are station opposite a oil and gas industry’s enlargement of fracking.
“We live in such a time of low change, and it is in village that we are going to find a approach through,” Sister Claire Carter of a New England Peace Pagoda said. “We unequivocally trust that devout power, essence power, will overcome over a energy of income and attention and we also trust that we have to travel that talk.”