Kinder Morgan hosts pipeline open house at GCC

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Dozens of Franklin County residents heard from representatives of the company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline through western Massachusetts.  Kinder Morgan held an Open House at Greenfield Community College Thursday night.

They were there to answer questions about environmental concerns and permitting issues related to their proposed pipeline expansion, the “Northeast Energy Direct Project.”

Opponents also were there, claiming Kinder Morgan wants to pipe in more natural gas than the region can use.  Opponents also expressed concerns about quality of life issues.

“Having this huge industrial intrusion with 100-foot-wide sawath of land being clear cut to put the pipeline in. and one of these 80,000 horsepower compressor stations would be a couple miles away,” said Katy Eiseman, director of the Mass Pipeline Awareness Network, a coalition of groups opposed to the pipeline.

Kinder Morgan public affairs V.P. Allen Fore told 22News That the region needs expanded natural gas infrastructure.

“There’s a big natural gas shortage in the area.  And that’s why you have the highest natural gas prices in the country here in New England.  So the way to address that is by bringing additional natural gas into the region,”

Fore also told 22News Kinder Morgan already maintains 600 miles of pipeline in Massachusetts, and has been here for sixty years.  He said they have held 50 of these Open Houses over the past year, and intend to host several more leading up to the permitting process.

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