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Nov 12, 2015 9:04 PM

'No Pipeline' group opposes proposed Kinder Morgan project in Pelham

PELHAM- Dozens gathered in Pelham for an informational meeting put on by Pelham/Windham Pipeline Awareness. Some are divided on the issue, much like how the town would actually be divided by the pipeline.

“It’s going to bisect the town of Pelham basically,” said Susan Snide, a Pelham resident and member of the Pelham/Windham Pipeline Awareness group.

There were many familiar faces from other “No Pipeline” events in other towns, as the group looks to educate the public on the project.

“There are no easy answers when we’re looking at answers that tie to the environment and energy,” said Julie Steed Mawson, also a Pelham resident and member of the Pelham/Windham Pipeline Awareness group.

Kinder Morgan boasts a need for the project stating it will lower energy costs and create local jobs.

While they maintain safety is their top concern, many are worried about potential health and environmental impacts. Especially those who live near proposed compressor stations. One is just a mile away in Dracut, Massachusetts.

“Emissions that come out of a compressor station are not just going to go straight up, they’re going to move, and they could certainly move around into this community as well,” Steed Mawson said.

The Pelham Board of Selectmen signed a letter stating they oppose the project. The “No Pipeline” group is looking for more support on the state level. They will deliver more than 10,000 signatures to the Governor’s office next month.

“We really want to try and pull those people into our cause, we understand it’s not easy for all of them,” said Sam Matthews of New Ipswich.

The group will hold a rally at the State House on Dec. 11.

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