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Berkshire Lawmakers, Activists Aim To Block Bill Paving Way For Pipeline

Jim Levulis

Lawmakers and activists from the Berkshires are heading to Boston today/Tuesday attempting to stop a bill that would allow a pipeline to cut through protected land in the small town of Sandisfield.A bill filed this summer by State Representative Garrett Bradley of Hingham, which is about 20 miles south of Boston, would pave the way for Tennessee Gas Pipeline to obtain permanent easements in Sandisfield for its Connecticut Expansion Project. The route cuts through Otis State Forest which is protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts constitution. Smitty Pigantelli represents the town of roughly 900 in the legislature.

“If we can’t find it in our hearts to preserve and protect this parcel from a pipeline that will have no benefit whatsoever to residents of Massachusetts…I think shame on all of us,” said Pignatelli.

Pignatelli expects about 50 people from Berkshire County to attend the hearing before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. It starts at 11 a.m. at the State House.

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