LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Tennessee Gas Pipeline is sharing how its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project would impact western Mass. In an environmental report released Friday, Kinder Morgan proposed a meter station would be built in Longmeadow and Deerfield.
22News asked Kinder Morgan Public Affairs Director Richard Wheatley why the company chose those communities. He said it’s based on the demand for natural gas in the region, but the company does not know yet where those meter stations would be located in each town.
A meter station is a relatively small facility where the pressure of natural gas can be adjusted to transfer through different systems or towns. It also monitors the pressure of the gas through the pipelines.
According to Brian Edgerly, who lived in Longmeadow, “It would be important where exactly it’s going to go, but I have no objection to a pipeline. I believe it’s going to be important to have cheap energy.”
Opponents don’t like that 17-hundred acres of land would be impacted during pipeline construction. Supporters say they hope with more natural gas available in the Northeast, our energy costs would decrease.