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Pipeline Open Houses On Hold After Tennessee Gas Submits Draft Reports


Tennessee Gas Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, is delaying the open houses on its proposed 400-mile natural gas pipeline it planned to hold throughout New York and Massachusetts. It comes a day after the company filed draft environmental impact and alternative route reports.In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday, Tennessee Gas says it is postponing 12 open houses planned over the next two months. The letter cites requests from Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for landowners and communities to have more time to review the reports. Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore spoke about route changes in September.

“We’ve probably made 100 changes in this route since we announced it as a proposed route several months ago," Fore said during a meeting in Pittsfield, Mass. "I fully expect we’ll probably 100 or more additional changes. Some may be very significant changes and some may be very small.”

In the draft report filed Wednesday, Tennessee says it continues to review alternative routes, but is sticking with its proposed route for now.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate 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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