Governor Baker Should Deny the CT Expansion Water Quality Permit!

Over the past years, five pipeline expansions have been proposed in Massachusetts. Right now, the Kinder Morgan Connecticut Expansion pipeline - which is proposed for Sandisfield, MA, and would harm protected lands and waters in Otis State Forest as well as indigenous stone ceremonial landscapes, is hitting a major milestone that could set the tone for future pipeline permits. For more background, check out this article from Mass Live.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is currently reviewing the state component of a 401 Water Quality permit. While many components of permitting and licensing gas infrastructure are handled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), this project falls under the Clean Water Act and Massachusetts has authority to issue, or deny, the permit.

Governor Baker is the one person who has the ability to stop the Connecticut Expansion Project in Otis State Forest - he can direct DEP to deny the 401 Water Quality Certification. Please call Governor Baker’s office as soon as possible and urge him to reject the permit. 

Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

“I’m calling on Governor Baker to hold the water permit for the Kinder Morgan Connecticut Expansion gas pipeline project to the letter of the law. This project destroys 10 acres of wetlands, impacts precious vernal pools, crosses 3 streams and will take 1 millions gallons of water from Spectacle Pond. Please deny the water permit!”