Kinder Morgan Pulls the Plug on New England Pipeline Project

Energy company Kinder Morgan halted construction on its New England pipeline project on Wednesday, April 20 due to lack of customer commitments and an array of consumer and political opposition.

The $3.3 billion Northeast Energy Direct project was proposed to run from East New York to Northeast Massachusetts, providing natural gas to consumers in the New England area.

Opponents of the project, including grass-root organizations and political leaders, celebrated a victory after Kinder Morgan pulled the plug.

Leaders in the affected states believed the Northeast Energy Direct project would offset high electricity rates by exchanging electricity for natural gas in order to fuel power plants.

With the Kinder Morgan pipeline project pulled, environmental activists gain speed in their goal to halt future fossil fuel projects as they now plan to confront another giant energy company: Spectra Energy.

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