Pipeline protest rally set for today
GREENFIELD — A rally against the planned natural gas pipeline will go on this afternoon, organizers say, despite postponement of a regional informational meeting that was originally scheduled to follow.
The 5 p.m. gathering on the Greenfield Town Common is being organized by a consortium of groups opposed to Kinder Morgan’s plans for a 179-mile pipeline that would cross nine Franklin County towns on its way from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, north of Lowell.
The rally will include music and updates on the movement to stop the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion project. Organizers, which include No Fracked Gas in Mass. and Hilltown Community Rights, have invited state legislators to attend the event, which had originally been scheduled to coincide with a meeting that had been scheduled by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Regional Planning Board at the John W. Olver Transit Center. That meeting, postponed because of potential violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law, is being rescheduled at a larger location.