Concerns continue to grow over proposed pipeline

Natural gas pipeline would go from Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Kinder Morgan is going through pre-filing procedures with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to resolve environmental issues before making a formal application by next September.

Kinder Morgan is proposing a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts. It would cut through nine Franklin County communities including Deerfield.

Peg Konieczny of South Deerfield said, “I think it’s terrible. I hear a lot of bad things about it the fracking that can cause problems.”

Kinder Morgan said the potential 6-billion dollar project would help New England meet a growing demand as people turn to natural gas to meet energy needs.

Clarkdale Fruit Farms refused to allow Kinder Morgan to survey property where the pipeline could cut through their peach and apple orchards. Now their neighbors have been approached.

Thomas Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms told 22News, “We’re going to be 100 years old next year. We’ve done a good job as stewards of the soil, and the community.

You can find signs on resident’s front lawns throughout Deerfield and much of Franklin County opposing Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline, but others 22News spoke with on Wednesday said they’re looking for more information from the company before making a decision themselves.

Merle Smith of Deerfield said, “I would like to learn more and hear what the company has to say, about the pipeline, and if the pipes are actually going to be safe enough for the environment and the animals around it.”

Kinder Morgan said it will file an environmental report by the end of October.

Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corporation have also announced plans to expand an existing pipeline in the eastern part of the state.

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