Eversource Gives Up on New England Pipe, Blames Boston Tragedy

Utility giant Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities), one of the companies backing the Access Northeast pipeline project, is calling it quits on the project. At least for the foreseeable future. Access Northeast, a proposed ~$3 billion project, would connect four different pipeline systems: Texas Eastern, Algonquin Gas Transmission, Iroquois and Maritimes & Northeast. Eversource desperately needs the gas that would flow through the connected system, but after the Columbia Gas tragedy near Boston in September (see Local NatGas Pipes Explode Near Boston Killing 1, Injuring 25), Eversource says completing the Access Northeast project is unlikely, due to public opposition. So the bean counters inside Eversource have written off the company’s $33 million stake in the project, reckoning its worthless.

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