Pipeline forum at GCC tonight
A community forum organized by those with questions and concerns about Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Expansion Project through Massachusetts is tonight.
The forum will take place in the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons from 6 to 8 p.m.
The program’s first hour will be devoted to the proposal by TGP owner Kinder Morgan for a pipeline that would cross nine Franklin County towns on its route from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, north of Lowell. It will focus on the proposal’s impact on local resources and property, and on the siting and approval process for the project.
In the second hour, panelists including state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Conservation Law Foundation Senior Attorney Shanna Cleveland, Bruce Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team, and Mike Jackson of the Montague Reporter will discuss energy policy, including the role of natural gas and renewable sources, as well as safety concerns and how energy policy decisions are made.
Forum organizers, Montague Community Television and WHMP Radio, said they invited state energy officials as well as Kinder Morgan representative, but that those invitations were either declined or not responded to.
“I’d really like to see a diverse group of people attend,” said Cindy Tarail, MCTV outreach coordinator, adding that people she’s heard from so far are mostly those opposed to the pipeline. “I’m doing everything I can to reach out to people who are grappling with this issue, who are undecided or maybe pro-pipeline,” to get their perspectives represented.