Pipeline opponents marching across Massachusetts

Cross-state protest will last through July 26

anti pipeline sign

RICHMOND, Mass. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts have launched a protest walk across the state.

About 150 people started the walk Sunday in Richmond. The march was expected to make its way along the approximate path of the proposed pipeline through northern Massachusetts and end in Dracut on July 26.

Jane Winn, executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, says opponents will meet in Boston on July 30 to present a petition to Gov. Deval Patrick asking him to withdraw his support for the pipeline.

Winn tells The Berkshire Eagle the pipeline will go through some of the more environmentally sensitive areas in the state.

Supporters of the $3.75 billion Northeast Pipeline Extension Project say it will provide more clean-burning domestic natural gas to the Northeast market.

On Monday morning, protesters are meeting at Park Square in Pittsfield for a bike ride that continues through Dalton and Windsor.

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