BOSTON (WWLP) – Anti-pipeline protesters have moved from the State House steps to inside the building for a public hearing on other pipeline proposals and clean energy initiatives.
More than 150 protesters gathered outside of the State House on Tuesday to celebrate after Kinder Morgan suspended their Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline project. While environmental activists consider it a major victory, their work doesn’t stop there.
They’re trying to stop all other pipeline projects across Massachusetts, including the “Connecticut Expansion Project” that cuts through Otis State Park located in the Berkshire County town of Sandisfield.
Protesters are also urging state lawmakers to pass legislation to prohibit energy companies from passing pipeline costs onto their customers. Katy Eiseman, President of Pipeline Awareness Network, told 22News, “We don’t want to see electric ratepayers being on the hook for pipeline infrastructure.”
The Connecticut Expansion Project would bring close to four miles of natural gas pipeline through Berkshire County.