Gas Pipeline

Deerfield residents to petition for vote on pipeline

Group aims to collect 200 signatures for opposition resolution

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A group of residents are preparing to collect the required 200 signatures to ask the selectmen to call a special town meeting for townspeople to officially vote on a resolution opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline.

Though townspeople supported a motion by hand vote to oppose granting of permission to Kinder Morgan to survey land in Deerfield at the April 28 town meeting, the motion was not legally binding. The issue did not appear as an article on the warrant. The motion was introduced by Deerfield resident Lisa Turowsky and is technically called an “instruction.”

Turowsky said she did not meet the deadline to have the article on the warrant.

As a result, Turowsky and a group of six residents will meet Friday night to come up with a plan to collect the necessary signatures to ask for a special town meeting.

“It provides a mechanism for the town to vote on it,” Turowsky said. “Even though people expressed support at town meeting, it wasn’t an actual vote.”

The proposed pipeline 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.

Several Franklin County towns have drafted resolutions opposing the project. Those opposed to the project held a protest on the Greenfield Town Common last week.

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