Kinder Morgan wants to survey the land in western Mass.

The surveys will provide necessary information

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Kinder Morgan plans to expand a natural gas pipeline through Berkshire and Franklin counties. They’re fighting for a right-of-way so they can survey properties.

At a hearing in Pittsfield, Tuesday night, Berkshire County residents raised concerns about environmental impact and the legality of cutting trees on state conservation property. Some, though, do see benefits.

Sema Carmichael of Conway told 22News, “It’s better than bringing gas with a ship in Boston and bringing it everywhere through trains and cars or planes. It’s much, much safer.”

Another hearing was held in Greenfield, Wednesday night. Franklin County residents urged the Federal Regulatory Commission to deny Kinder Morgan access to private and public properties.

Kevin Smith of Greenfield said, “They’re literally getting away with criminal behavior. They’re rubber stamping these projects without taking any responsibility, legal, financial, moral, whatsoever.”

Kinder Morgan says the surveys will provide necessary information to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The commission is not expected to issue a permit decision until November. If it is built, the pipeline would not be in service until late 2018.

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