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COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut.

The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what TGP now calls its Northeast Energy Direct project was postponed because it was found to be in violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law in a space too small to accommodate the general public.

The rescheduled July 24 session has been relocated to a larger venue, the dining commons of Greenfield Community College. There, the 6 p.m. session will open with a presentation about the project by Allen Fore, public affairs director of TGP’s parent, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

A question-and-answer session is scheduled to follow at 6:40, moderated by planning board Chairman Bill Perlman and COG Executive Director Linda Dunlavy.

The meeting, planned by the two boards to get information about the project and to offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions, is scheduled to last two hours.

The project has not yet been formally proposed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, although construction is slated to begin in January 2017.

The GCC Dining Commons, with room for 300, was the setting of a June 3 forum on the pipeline proposal sponsored by Montague Community Television and WHMP Radio.

The proposed nearly 300-mile pipeline, originating in Susquehanna County, Pa., would cross Ashfield, Conway, Shelburne, Deerfield, Montague, Erving, Northfield, Warwick and Orange.

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