CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Natural gas use by homes and businesses has increased over the past 20 years, and the demand continues to grow. Yet currently there is not enough space in the pipeline to bring natural gas to Massachusetts to meet that demand.
The Northeast Energy Direct Project is a proposal by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, to expand and upgrade the pipeline system in the Northeastern United States, including Massachusetts.
The project is expected to cut through conservation and farmlands, waterways, and residential property from the Berkshires to eastern Massachusetts. Another proposal by Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy would expand a current pipeline in the eastern part of the state.
People opposed to the Tennessee Pipeline expansion are concerned about the impact to the environment, and worry about whether the cost of the pipeline will be added to your gas and electric bills.
Supporters cite the need for clean, affordable fuel for the future.
The 22News I-Team takes a closer look at these proposals and how it will affect you. See the full report Wednesday, October 29 on 22News at 11pm.
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