BOSTON (WWLP) – 22News told you in June that Kinder Morgan modified their pipeline path in Massachusetts. If it’s going through your property, or you simply have strong feelings on the plan, you’ll soon have an opportunity to voice your concerns.
Natural gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan wants to expand its capacity in Massachusetts. Despite widespread skepticism, Kinder Morgan insists the project will lower energy costs.
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) said, “Franklin and Hampshire Counties do not sit by idly while other people tell them what they would like to put in their community.”
Rosenberg is giving you an opportunity to express your opinion. He’s holding a public hearing on Thursday, September 10 at Greenfield Community College from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Your concerns and written testimony will be hand-delivered to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They’re in charge of reviewing the pipeline proposal. Kinder Morgan plans to lay 101 miles of new pipeline across Northern Berkshire and Franklin Counties. The proposal faces strong opposition, especially in the Second Berkshire District.
Their State Representative Paul Mark (D-Peru) told 22News, “Berkshire Gas or Kinder Morgan or whoever it may be is not going to expand natural gas service to people’s homes in a town of eight-hundred people like Windsor.”
The Kinder Morgan project is expected to cost an estimated $3.3 billion.
The Franklin County Fair Parade takes place on the same day as the public hearing, which Senator Rosenberg extended until ten at night so people could attend both events.