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Public Events Scheduled To Discus Proposed Kinder Morgan Gas Pipline

Nov 07, 2014 06:05AM ● By Bill Gilman

Andover Forum on the Pipeline on Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 P. M. Wood Hill Middle School, off Cross Street – Tewksbury  Residents are invited

…"AVIS in collaboration with the Andover Conservation Commission is holding a Forum to inform townspeople about the proposed Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas/Northeast Direct pipeline to go through almost seven miles of Andover and then on through Tewksbury.  The high pressure fracked natural gas pipeline will travel through three miles of protected open space and more than 1.7 miles of residential land in Andover and Tewksbury, (through 120 properties), including near Wood Hill and High Plain schools."…

AVIS (Andover Village Improvement Society), among the oldest land trusts in the country, owns Deer Jump, Rafton and Nat Smith reservations, all protected open space through which the pipeline will go. It is also proposed to go through the Town-owned Al Retelle Reservation and very near the access to the Town’s water supply, extensive wetlands, and areas with endangered species. 

The format for the Forum will be an overview of the pipeline and other energy alternatives by Rich Cowan, a Dracut resident; the proposed route through Andover; alternative routes suggested by town officials; what have the Town and AVIS done; a presentation by Atty. George McLaughlin, a specialist in eminent domain law; and what impacted home-owners and concerned citizens should do.  Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Dan Kowalski, and AVIS Trustee John Hess will moderate. 

Stop the Pipeline Summit will be held on Saturday, November 15, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg, MA. Leading the summit sessions are: Shanna Cleveland, of the Conservation Law Foundation and Atty. Anne Marie Garti, founding member of Stop the Pipeline, NY, discussing the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas/Northeast Direct proposed pipeline from Richmond, MA to Dracut, MA through four dozen Commonwealth towns. Free. http://StopNED for information. 

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