Jul 152014

Talk On Main Street, a new television series of discussions of regional issues, debuts Tuesday, July 22. The show is unique because it will have a live studio audience in the Black Box Theater of the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, be cable cast on The Groton Channel, and be streamed live on the Internet.

The first program tackles some selected aspects of the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan that would span 45 towns along the northern edge of Massachusetts. Talk On Main Street: The Pipeline features Groton-based energy experts Dennis Eklof and James O’Reilly address issues and answering questions posed by program moderator Jason Kauppi, sho is also Groton Town Moderator. Eklof is an expert in global energy forecasting and consulting. O’Reilly is Director of Public Policy for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, is an expert energy efficiency policy and programs.

Talk On Main Street uses a give-and-take-discussion format that goes in depth with subject matter experts who can provide important information on current areas of concern. We will cover issues that are relevant to our region and provide good and accurate information delivered in a conversational style that makes that information understandable.

In addition to questions from Kauppi, and time permitting, the experts will take some questions from the studio audience and the online audience watching from their homes.

Talk on Main Street will cablecast in Groton, Massachusetts on Verizon channel 40 and Charter channel 12. Live Internet streaming will be available at http://ustre.am/1fDa0. Viewers can submit questions on Twitter with the #TalkOnMainStreet hashtag or by email at talkonmainstreet@gmail.com. If you want to attend Talk On Main Street, be at The Black Box Theater before 6:50 on July 22.

The first show will likely focus on these topics:

  • Permitting process / role of FERC
  • Need for more natural gas pipelines
  • Financing a pipeline, including tariffs — what they are and how they work

And may also include additional related items such as:

  • Current and future demand for gas
  • Alternative routes for the pipeline and related issues.
  • Survey activity by Kinder Morgan
  • Opposing a pipeline
  • Safety

The crew of people behind Talk on Main Street is: Jack Petropoulos and Art Campbell, Producers; David Melpignano, Director; and Jason Kauppi, Moderator. All are Groton residents.
(Art Campbell is Editor and Publisher of The Groton Line.)