Local resident’s relieved Kinder Morgan project is dead

The pipeline was meant to help improve natural gas transportation

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Kinder Morgan has withdrawn its application for its natural gas pipeline project. The $3.3-billion proposal, known as Northeast Energy Direct, would have run from Wright, New York through Berkshire and Franklin Counties, to Dracut, Massachusetts.

The co-owner of Atlas Farms in Deerfield, Lily Carone, told 22News an end to the pipeline project will benefit the farm. She said, “We’ll be avoiding some of the huge destructive ramifications of that pipeline being built.”

Not only the noise pollution, but the resulting physical and environmental pollution would have been pretty severe.

The pipeline was meant to help improve natural gas transportation in the Northeast and lower electricity costs.

Deerfield’s Select Board Chair Carolyn Ness told 22News the pipeline’s death has a downside; “Our concern now is focusing on the moratorium, and lifting the moratorium with Berkshire Gas. That’s our principal aim for the municipal coalition against the pipeline.”

Ness said the lack of natural gas has hurt economic growth in the Pioneer Valley. The “moratorium” she referred to is a ban on Berkshire Gas ability to expand. She said Berkshire Gas is talking to state leaders about lifting that “moratorium.”

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