Pittsfield seeks gas line move from watershed area


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Pittsfield wants a proposed natural gas line route moved away from a watershed area in the town of Washington.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi says Pittsfield has informed Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. that it wants the route moved. The city owns the watershed land.

He says officials are “very concerned” the gas line extends through sensitive areas of the watershed.

Spokesman Richard N. Wheatley says Kinder Morgan is reviewing the information and a meeting has yet to be scheduled.

The gas company is assessing a preliminary route for the 36-inch gas line. Kinder Morgan must submit a formal request that includes a map of the route.

Mass Audubon has denied the gas company access for survey work, with a site is in the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox.


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