Montague selectmen agree to anti-pipeline resolution
MONTAGUE — It didn’t take much discussion for the Montague Board of Selectmen to agree to sign an anti-pipeline resolution proffered by residents with essentially no conversation Monday night.
Resident Roy Rosenblatt offered a summary of local objections to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed natural gas pipeline. “No debate from me, that’s for sure,” said Selectman Michael Nelson. Selectmen then voted unanimously to sign the resolution.
The resolution had not been signed Tuesday, an apparent oversight.
The resolution states that the pipeline goes against state commitments to renewable energies, would destroy unknowable amounts of forest, conservation land and farmland, has the potential to leak or explode, will be financed by an addition to utility bills and that the selectmen therefore oppose this and any new pipeline carrying fracked gas in the state. The resolution further calls on state and federal officials and legislators to oppose such projects and instead promote and subsidize energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Many of those waiting in the uncharacteristically crowded meeting room Monday night were evidently there to champion the resolution, leaving after that agenda item cleared.
The three-member executive board had earlier denied the company permission to survey on town land and took no action to change that provisional denial following a well-attended and contentious public hearing with Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline representatives.
Montague is one of nine county towns the pipeline could pass through on its currently charted route.