Spektra Energy's Fracked Gas “Bridge to Nowhere”, USA

The movement against Spektra Energy's fracked gas pipeline expansion gains momentum in New England.


<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns">Spectra Energy currently operates a natural gas compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island that draws fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale through 1,127 miles of pipeline in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In anticipation of increasing global demand for natural gas, Spectra Energy have announced plans to build several hundred miles of additional pipeline, increase output, and make Burrillville a major hub of gas exportation on the East Coast. Environmental justice organization such as Fossil Free Rhode Island and FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas) have rallied support across Rhode Island to protest expansion of the pipeline, which they have declared a "bridge to nowhere". Their efforts have resounded especially with residents of Burrillville, who are expressing growing fears over chemical exposure, noise pollution, and the risk of explosions. To date, 27 organizations from NY, CT, RI and MA have signed on to a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has the power to approve the project. Most recently, FANG activists completed a 28 mile march from the compressor station in Burrillville to downtown Providence. Earlier in the year, four FANG members were arrested in the office of Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Senator who positions himself as environmentally progressive, yet has actively supported construction of the pipeline. </td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Spektra Energy's Fracked Gas “Bridge to Nowhere”, USA</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/united-states-of-america">United States of America </a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Rhode Island</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Burrillville</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>MEDIUM regional level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Oil and gas refining<br /> Shale gas fracking<br /> Other</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/natural-gas'>Natural Gas</a></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Details</td><td class="columns"><div class="less">Current Pipeline Length: 1,127 miles</div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none">Current Capacity: 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d)<br/><br/>Ownership: Spectra Energy Partners, LP, a subsidiary of Duke Energy<br/><br/>Operator: Spectra Energy<br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Project Area (in hectares)</td><td>6733</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Level of Investment (in USD)</td><td>5,000,000.00 Dollars</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Rural</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>01/01/2014</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/spectra-energy-corp'>Spectra Energy Corp</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/united-states-of-america'><small>United States of America </small></a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Relevant government actors</td><td>Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas)<br/><br/>350 Conneticut <br/><br/>Fossil Free Rhode Island<br/><br/>Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>PREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>Local ejos<br /> Neighbours/citizens/communities<br /> Local scientists/professionals</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Creation of alternative reports/knowledge<br /> Development of a network/collective action<br /> Street protest/marches<br /> Occupation of buildings/public spaces<br /> Boycotts of companies-products</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Visible: </strong>Global warming, Soil contamination<br /><strong>Potential: </strong>Fires</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Health Impacts</td><td><strong>Visible: </strong>Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Planned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>Criminalization of activists</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Development of Alternatives</td><td>To date, 27 organizations from NY, CT, RI and MA have signed on to a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has the power to approve the project.</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>No</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Why? Explain briefly.</td><td>Expansion of the Algonquin pipeline was approved by the United States FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) on March 3rd, 2015. Spectra Energy plans to begin in April 2015. </td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> FANG, Northeast Campaign<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.fangtogether.org/northeast/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Oil and Gas Journal: Construction Begins at Cove Point<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.ogj.com/articles/2014/10/construction-begins-on-cove-point-lng-export-project.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Waging Nonviolence: "Week of action marks turning point in campaign against Spectra Energy"<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/week-action-marks-turning-point-campaign-spectra-energy/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> The Providence Journal: Burrillville residents, supporters on the march against pipeline plan.<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20140814/News/308149918" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Media Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> Video of a laugh riot action against Rhode Island "Bridge to Nowhere"<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://capitalismvsclimate.org/2015/02/laugh-riot-protesters-interrupt-pro-fracking-senator-whitehouse/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Other Documents</td><td><table><tr><td><p><strong>FANG Occupies the Office of US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse </strong> <br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/11043036_350855978445727_6732449726434670790_n.jpg" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>The March to Burrillville</strong> FANG activists conducted a 28 mile march in the snow from the compressor station in Burrillville to the capitol building in Providence.<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/1907453_350248601839798_6464907864780935010_n.jpg" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Eleanor Finley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>27/10/2016</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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