BOSTON (WWLP) – Kinder Morgan plans to shift much of its natural gas pipeline route from western Massachusetts to southern New Hampshire. A company spokesman believes the project could lower energy costs for residents in the Bay State.
“Additional pipeline capacity, additional natural gas supply is going to have a positive impact for homeowners and also businesses and economic development,” said Kinder Morgan spokesman Allen Fore.
The new proposal spares fourteen communities in Massachusetts, but four towns in Berkshire and Franklin Counties: Cheshire, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Shelburne are now newly impacted under the plan. The company said nearly one hundred percent of the new path through Massachusetts would build upon already impacted lands. One state lawmaker still has concerns about the project even though the area he represents is not part of the new proposal.
“I’m somewhat pleased that it’s leaving my district, but yet it doesn’t make the problem go away. We will circle the wagon again and make sure we get the answers that we’re looking for,” said State Rep. “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox).
Kinder Morgan plans to send letters to affected homeowners this week, with plans to begin surveying land in January.
Opposition groups argue that it is not a matter of where the pipeline goes. They do not believe there is a demand or need for such a big project.