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Hundreds attend regional pipeline presentation

GREENFIELD — Nearly 300 people attended a joint Franklin Regional Council of Governments — Franklin Regional Planning Board meeting Thursday to review Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project, which is planned to cross nine towns across the region on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut.

The boards presented 17 questions to the four Kinder Morgan Energy Partners representatives at the session, and audience members posed more than a dozen others during the two-hour session at Greenfield Community College’s dining commons. Dozens of other questions were submitted by audience members in writing before the session ended.

Company spokesman Allen Fore committed to responding to all of the remaining questions, which will be posted on the COG’s website, in writing.

Thursday’s meeting was the regional planning agency’s rescheduled meeting after a planned May meeting at the COG’s regular venue, the John W. Olver Transit Center, was found to be in violation of the state’s open meeting law because it would not have allowed space to accommodate the general public.

Although there were frequent outbursts from the audience, with applause to some questions asked by moderator Chris Collins and negative reaction to responses from company spokesmen, the session — with more than an hour of questions following a presentation about the $4 billion project — had no interruptions.

The meeting was broadcast live by Greenfield Community Television.

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