Pipeline proposal stirs criticism in Massachusetts

CT Natural Gas employees in January. (File photo)

WINDSOR, Mass. (AP) — A proposal to build a new pipeline to carry natural gas is stirring criticism in Massachusetts, where more than a dozen towns near the potential path of the 250-mile line have passed nonbinding resolutions against the project.

The plan stems in part from a push by the six New England governors to boost the region’s supply of natural gas.

The proposal by Kinder Morgan Energy Services of Texas calls for the multibillion-dollar pipeline to be built along the northern part of the state, ending in Dracut.

Opponents have raised concerns about potential risks to the local environment, including state forests and wildlife management areas.

A spokesman for Kinder Morgan, Richard Wheatley, said planners attempt to be as environmentally friendly as possible when routing the pipeline.

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