Rosenberg: Suspension of Kinder Morgan pipeline a ‘game changer’

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As the Legislature prepares to consider major energy policy legislation later this spring, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg called the news that Kinder Morgan would suspend work and spending on its controversial gas pipeline project “a game changer” that would allow for a broader debate about the state’s energy mix.

Kinder Morgan announced Wednesday that it would halt its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project due to inadequate commitments from prospective customers. The planned pipeline, if green-lit by the federal government, would have run from New York through parts of western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire to Dracut, Mass.

“Kinder Morgan’s decision to suspend the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project is a game changer. This allows us to have a broader discussion about how to meet Massachusetts’ energy needs. Our discussions moving forward must include a comprehensive approach to reducing energy costs for all while meeting our increasing renewable energy needs and continuing to protect our priceless public spaces,” Rosenberg said in a statement.


— Written by Matt Murphy

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