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Gas Pipeline

Pipeline talk in Warwick Tuesday at 7

WARWICK — Representatives of the company that wishes to build a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County should be in town Tuesday evening for a public forum.

Selectboard Chairwoman Dawn Magi said Kinder Morgan representatives will be attending an informational meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, as far as town officials know.

“We’ve been trying to get them for a long time, they scheduled and then canceled ... that’s why I say as far as we know, but they did hire a policeman, so I guess they are coming,” Magi said.

Residents at last week’s annual town meeting supported a nonbinding resolution to ban “fracked gas pipelines.”

The Northeast Expansion Project pipeline, proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and parent company Kinder Morgan, would cut through Ashfield, Conway, Shelburne, Deerfield, Montague, Erving, Northfield, Warwick and Orange in Franklin County along the 179-mile route between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, if built following the current concept.

Company representatives have approached some landowners along the route for permission to survey their land.

The proposed project has not been universally popular.

The Montague Board of Selectmen has denied the company access to a town-owned parcel in the village of Millers Falls, and Deerfield residents voted at April’s annual town meeting to ask their Board of Selectmen to deny access to all town land.

Local members of an area construction union have turned out to support the pipeline where it has been publicly discussed.

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