VOTE “NO!” to OPPOSE THE COMPRESSOR STATION
ON APRIL 3rd, THERE WILL BE A NON-BINDING VOTE ON THE BALLOT. This is an important vote, as a town consensus opposing Spectra Energy’s compressor station would give us the full support of our local officials. Towns like ours stand squarely in-between Spectra Energy and their ultimate goal- which is to make huge profits exporting through LNG terminals in Canada. The deals have been cut, the permission to reverse the flow of gas has been given, and if we are to succeed in our battle to protect our town, we will need the backing of our state AND local government. Spectra is a Fortune 500 company with deep pockets, and they are VERY motivated to install their compressor station in our town. At first their messaging campaign focused on local businesses, lately they have been calling residents trying to instill fear over energy shortfalls and soaring electric costs. This is yet another example of Spectra misleading the public and distorting the facts
In response, let me direct you to the facts- In the past 15 years our dependency on natural gas has risen from 15% to 60%, and has anyone noticed their electric bills going down? Consider what effect a 35% increase in gas would have on our existing regional overdependency. Once exported, a surge in demand and higher gas prices overseas, will cause our domestic energy costs to soar. Now add the costs to consumers for lost gas from old pipelines which continue to leak unchecked. And this doesn’t even take into account that Spectra is still trying to find a way to get us to the foot the bill for their project! Does this sound like a scenario that will put money back into our pockets?
The fact is, we are not in danger of a regional energy shortfall, and if there was an ounce of truth to this, there are plenty of LNG terminals lying idle, that could easily store more than enough gas reserves if needed. Let’s fix the 20,000 gas leaks which would provide us with more gas reserves, save us money on our electric bills, and improve our air quality.
The facts are Spectra’s proposed compressor station will be noisy, drive down property values, threaten our well water, and bring health and safety risks to our community. The health impacts surrounding these facilities are documented as are the chemicals they emit. These are the facts. Please protect our community and “VOTE NO” to oppose the compressor station. I urge everyone to attend a special CARCS presentation at 7PM on 3/30 at The Grange. Elizabeth Mahony Assistant Attorney General and Dr. Susan Racine MD will address both the lack of need for, and the health impacts of Spectra’s proposed project.