Mass. Supreme Judicial Court strikes down ‘pipeline tax’

The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled today (Aug. 17, 2016) that residential electricity customers (you!) won’t have to subsidize privately owned natural gas pipelines through a “pipeline tax.” The case was ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC v. Department of Public Utilities — SJC 12051.

Media release from the Mass Power Forward Coalition:

“Mass Power Forward Coalition Celebrates SJC Decision To Strike Down Pipeline Tax”

Mary Serreze’s articles for the Springfield Republican:

“Strong reactions as state’s highest court nixes pipeline funding mechanism”

“Massachusetts high court strikes down ‘pipeline tax,’ ruling electric utilities may not finance major natural gas projects”

The AP article in the Boston Herald:

“Unanimous SJC shoots down gas ‘pipeline tax’ for electric ratepayers”