Pipeline ban back on Buckland special town meeting agenda
BUCKLAND — After a petition drive to ban natural gas pipelines through town missed a deadline for getting 100 voters’ signatures, the Board of Selectmen agreed to take the article to the voters on the town’s June 19 special town meeting.
Last Tuesday, members of the Energy Committee asked Selectmen to consider placing the article on the warrant, considering how many people signed the petition with a 24-hour period.
Town Administrator Andrea Llamas said the petition that was submitted by deadline contained 97 signatures of registered voters and that a petition brought in about an hour after deadline also had signatures, which might have met the requirements. The first petition had more than 100 signatures but not all were from registered town voters.
Llamas said the board did not take a vote to support the contents of the petition, but felt the high number of signatures showed there is a lot of public interest in the matter.
The resolution asks residents to ban any pipeline carrying high-pressure natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing, such as that recently proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Although Buckland hasn’t been designated as one of the towns through which a pipeline would run, the Energy Committee members who started the drive wanted to take action, in support of neighboring communities.