Website issues prevented public comment on Kinder Morgan pipeline

Web portal had been shut down during the Christmas weekend

BOSTON (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts residents have until Wednesday to voice concerns about a controversial natural gas pipeline plan, but some people living in Franklin and Berkshire Counties are running into problems.

Some of them have not been able to submit their input about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s web portal was shut down during the long Christmas weekend.

Pipeline opponents continued to have a difficult time accessing the website for several days. The system appeared back up and running Monday, but some people still encountered a technical issue.

The group “No Fracked Gas in Mass” suspects that too many people are trying to access the website.

Kinder Morgan wants to bury 415 miles of pipeline through several western Massachusetts towns. Now, residents are demanding a deadline extension.

“I think that as a common courtesy, we should extend that. I hope they would look at it that way.” said Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox). “Whatever time it has been shut down, grant that extension. What’s another week at this point in time? People want to weigh-in.”

22News put in a call to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but we have yet to hear back from them. The FERC is currently reviewing Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal.

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