Kinder Morgan Fails to Sign Up New NED Customers in Last 8 Mos

Yesterday Kinder Morgan announced they have contracts in hand for “anchor” shippers to use 500,000 dekatherms of capacity on the proposed new Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project. NED, you may recall, is the project that will extend the Tennessee Gas Pipeline from New York through Massachusetts into New Hampshire and back into Massachusetts delivering much-needed natural gas to New England (see Kinder Morgan Changes Route for Pipeline from MA to NH). The project is bitterly opposed by small pockets of anti-drillers–particularly in Deerfield, MA where they’ve illegally attempted to ban it (see Deerfield, MA Hoping Kinder Morgan Sues Them over Pipeline “Ban”). The interesting thing about yesterday’s announcement from Kinder Morgan is that there’s really nothing new in it! Other than the fact that they now have the officially signed agreements in hand. MDN brought you the same news about the same shippers signing up in the original open season last August (see Kinder Signs up New Customers for MA Pipeline, 63% of Capacity). Kinder continues, according to the announcement yesterday, to try and sign up more shippers. So the real news–for us–is that since August, Kinder hasn’t signed up any other new shippers, even though they’ve been trying to…

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