Last update:
2016-10-27

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

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


Description:

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.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Spektra Energy's Fracked Gas “Bridge to Nowhere”, USA
Country:United States of America
State or province:Rhode Island
Location of conflict:Burrillville
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Other
Shale gas fracking
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Current Pipeline Length: 1,127 miles

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Project area:6733
Level of Investment:5,000,000.00 Dollars
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:01/01/2014
Company names or state enterprises:Spectra Energy Corp from United States of America
Relevant government actors:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas)
350 Conneticut
Fossil Free Rhode Island
Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Boycotts of companies-products
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Global warming, Soil contamination
Potential: Fires
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Development of alternatives: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.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain: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.
Sources & Materials

FANG, Northeast Campaign
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The Providence Journal: Burrillville residents, supporters on the march against pipeline plan.
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Oil and Gas Journal: Construction Begins at Cove Point
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Waging Nonviolence: "Week of action marks turning point in campaign against Spectra Energy"
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Video of a laugh riot action against Rhode Island "Bridge to Nowhere"
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Meta information
Contributor:Eleanor Finley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Last update18/08/2019
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