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Pipeline Proposal Stirs Opposition in Berkshires

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online)

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A group of lawmakers in the Berkshires is opposing a gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the lawmakers on Friday cited environmental, economic, public safety and public health concerns.

The proposal by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Services of Texas calls for a section to be built along the northern part of Massachusetts, ending in Dracut, north of Boston, where it would connect with transmission lines owned by other companies.

Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield; Rep. William Pignatelli, D-Lenox; Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams; Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru; and Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington said the proposal is not in the public interest.

The pipeline plan stems in part from a push by the six New England governors to boost the region’s supply of natural gas.

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