Kinder Morgan still planning to build pipeline despite opposition

It won't take too long to encounter a "NO PIPELINE" sign in Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The company that wants to build a gas pipeline through Berkshire and Franklin counties has rejected other suggested routes.

22News spoke with many people in Franklin County about the proposed pipeline, and found very few people who support the idea. If you happen to be in Franklin County, it won’t take too long to encounter a “NO PIPELINE” sign.

Even though many people don’t want the natural gas pipeline to be built through Franklin County, Kinder Morgan said they still plan to move forward with the project.

The proposed pipeline could go through Leslie Chaison’s home town of Conway. “Even if it’s not coming through our town, it’s going to affect other people and it’s going to leak and other communities and, so, yes, I live in a beautiful town, but I wouldn’t want anything to happen to the land there.”

When it comes down to the pipeline debate, there are two schools of thought: people who are against it, partially for environmental reasons, and on the other hand, people who are for it because they believe it’s going to bring down the cost of energy. At any rate, it’s a contentious issue.

Jane Burgess of Brattleboro, Vermont told 22News, “I know that there are a lot of people I know in government in Vermont who are very pro pipeline because of the economy and because of jobs, so, I just know that I need to learn more to know how to weigh those two out. “

Supporters say the pipeline would increase access to much needed energy, but opponents want to find greener solutions. Though Kinder Morgan plans on going forward with the project, people told 22News they will continue to fight it.

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