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Buckland special meeting to weigh pipeline ban, bills

BUCKLAND — Re-voting the town’s assessment for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, paying bills and voting on a townwide ban on “fracked gas” pipelines are on Thursday’s special town meeting warrant. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall upstairs meeting room.

While selectmen have not taken a vote to either support or disagree with the proposed pipeline ban, they put it on the warrant after a citizens’ petition organized by the town’s Energy Committee came in with signatures by 98 town voters. Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed natural gas line isn’t running through Buckland, but proponents of the ban see it as a preventive measure and a way of supporting neighboring communities that don’t want the pipeline within their boundaries.

The resolution calls for selectmen to oppose the high-pressure gas line and “not allow it within our town borders.” It claims that high-pressure lines carrying gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing possess a greater potential risk for a leaks or rupture, that the cost of the pipeline would raise rate-payers’ electricity bills, because of a utility bill tariff.

At the annual town meeting, Buckland rejected its $1.9 million operating assessment for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District; but since the school district budget was approved by all other member towns, Buckland must vote again to pay its assessment.

Other measures on the warrant seek: $60,403 from “free cash” reserve funds for winter roads expenses; $1,313 to cover a fiscal year 2013 bill to the Highway Department; and $2,680 to pay for employee group insurance.

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