Kinder Morgan run by former Enron execs?

To the Editor:

From the people who brought you Enron…

I was visiting a colleague in Shel­burne, Mass., and over lunch we real­ized that we were fighting the same battle. She showed me the front page of the local paper, with a picture of the Connecticut River where the pro­posed pipeline is to tunnel (can you imagine what a leak would do to the 410 miles of watersheds from Canada to the Long Island Sound?)

She said, "Kinder Morgan is run by Enron executives. Google it."

So I did.

"Kinder Morgan CEO Richard Kind­er is in fact a former Enron executive and almost became its CEO. The Wall Street Journal once called him "the luckiest ex-Enron employee" because Jeffrey Skilling, who became the CEO instead of Kinder, is now in the midst of a 24 year prison sentence.

"Kinder started Kinder Morgan with his 20 million dollar severance package from Enron, and took with him a division for the company, Enron Liquid Pipelines LLP. Kinder Morgan was originally named Enron Liquid Pipelines LLP. Richard Kinder is now one of the richest people in the world, with over 9 billion dollars in personal net wealth." (9/11/13 British Colum­bian Forest Ethics blog).

It would be one thing if this Enron exec had changed his ways. But the pipeline proposal does nothing to address massive environmental, busi­ness, health, and social concerns.

The only body that has the power to permit or deny pipeline proposals is the FERC. They decide in September. Write:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Fed­eral Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE, Room 1A, Washing­ton, D.C. 20426.

Driving the sixty miles from Shel­burne, MA, to Temple, NH, I saw doz­ens of NO PIPELINE signs – in front of people’s homes, farms, businesses. But not one sign said "Yes Pipeline."

Let FERC know.