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I WITNESS: The first annual ‘Profile in Hypocrisy’ award

The courageous understand the risk they take by telling the truth; cowards and hypocrites demonstrate a commitment to deception, even when the deception is both obvious and detrimental to everyone around them.

ANALYSIS: Otis State Forest pipeline battle set troubling precedents for state-protected land

For now, at any rate, no interstate pipeline is on the horizon, nor are any other projects such as federal highways or railroads that might threaten Article 97.

Legal loose ends, market forces might yet rescue Otis State Forest

Depressed consumer demand for natural gas in Connecticut, could yet save beleaguered Article 97 of the Massachusetts’ Constitution. Reduced demand for gas in Connecticut could allow Massachusetts to continue to protect pristine, specially designated Commonwealth terrain.

Kinder Morgan can’t start clearing state forest just yet, appeals judge rules

Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline has been in court since early spring to gain immediate access to clear 3.83 miles of state protected land in Otis State Forest.

Judge grants Tennessee Gas Pipeline eminent domain over protected Otis State Forest corridor

An EdgeCast, “Sandisfield Pipeline: This story isn’t over,” is contained within this article. “The Attorney General’s Office did reach out to us, and is considering an appeal. We’re just waiting to see what happens next … the Judge stated in the courtroom that he anticipated that this would be appealed.” ---- Sandisfield Town Manager Alice Boyd

Round 1: Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan vs. Commonwealth (and state Constitution)

Massachusetts is unique among 50 states in that it creates a special conservation protection for land … some areas are so important that they have to be protected by the Legislature. --- Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Matthew Ireland

Berkshire judge says pipeline giant Kinder Morgan can’t ignore state constitution

The situation in Sandisfield is fast becoming a precedent-setting testing ground for the power and teeth of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution that preserves state-protected land. That’s why the Attorney General is now involved.

FERC to Kinder Morgan: ‘Sandisfield pipeline? Not so fast.’

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is now requiring, among other things, clarification “that Tennessee would not fell trees in areas where it has not obtained an easement or purchase of property…including lands protected under Article 97 of the Massachusetts State Constitution.” “This is very exciting news. While very few people see the need for this gas line, all that we have ever asked of Kinder Morgan and FERC is to follow the process, be open and be fair to this beautiful community of 800 residents." -- State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli

Kinder Morgan pipeline project scorns state constitution, could set precedent  

“This is a case of a forest of clean air machines being literally traded for the transmission of fossil fuels. Not a step in the right direction.” -- Arborist Tom Ingersoll, on the Kinder Morgan proposal to cut a swathe through protected old-growth forests in Sandisfield to build a natural gas pipeline extension to Connecticut

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