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Markey, Warren: Fed Regulators Need To Act On Pipeline's Hazardous Discharge In Agawam

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Kinder Morgan's pipeline in Otis State Forest

Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are calling for federal regulators to act on the discharge of hazardous wastewater from a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline test in Agawam. 

In letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Markey and Warren said Kinder Morgan’s release of pressure testing wastewater November 20th posed a threat to public health and the environment.

16,500 gallons of wastewater – containing heavy metals and carcinogenic chemicals – were released during conduction testing on the Connecticut Expansion Project at the compressor station in Agawam.

Kinder Morgan told The Berkshire Eagle the discharge was a breach of its agreement with its project contractor, Henkels & McCoy Inc., and that the wastewater was above the authorized limits of Kinder Morgan’s EPA permit.

The Democrats called on federal regulators in May to rescind approval for the project.

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