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Kinder Morgan Begins Federal Approval Process For Pipeline

Jim Levulis

Kinder Morgan has begun the process of seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline project through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.The Houston-based company has filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to use its so-called "pre-filing procedures."

A company spokesman says the process will help identify environmental issues before a formal application is filed. He said the company will submit detailed draft environmental reports that the public, including affected landowners, will be able to comment on during the process.

A statewide coalition of environmental activists intends to line up scientific and legal experts in preparation for fighting the proposal. Area politicians have already come out against the proposed 250-mile, Richmond-to-Dracut pipeline.

Officials from Kinder Morgan will present the company's proposal at a Berkshire Regional Planning Commission informational session Thursday. It is scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berkshire Community College's  Koussevitzky Auditorium in Pittsfield, Mass. The public is welcome to attend.

Meanwhile, Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. has announced a $3 billion project to expand existing pipelines in New England.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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