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Statewide pipeline summit to feature updated, detailed route maps

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Citizens and public officials will finally get a detailed view of the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposal for a major new high-pressure natural gas pipeline across Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg.

For the last six months, Kinder Morgan steadfastly refused requests for digital maps and parcel information on its $4 billion pipeline proposal. After months of being rebuffed, citizens used publicly available GIS mapping technology to produce detailed maps for each of the 44 communities on the proposed pipeline route.

This grassroots effort first digitized the route that Kinder Morgan outlined on 1980s-era maps in the pre-filing request it made to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Sept. 15. Volunteers then used the Massachusetts GIS system to show homes, water resources and protected open space along the route.

Large-scale maps will be on view for the public at the Nov. 15 summit, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Kinder Morgan’s pre-filing request was the start of its official process with FERC to gain approval for its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project stretching more than 400 miles across Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and portions of Connecticut and New Hampshire. Over 173 miles of this pipeline are proposed in Massachusetts, crossing both large natural landscapes and densely populated communities from Richmond to Dracut.

The summit intends to bring together residents, affected landowners, local leaders, elected officials and environmental and conservation groups in an educational forum to learn how to have their concerns about this project addressed, and how to advocate for a clean energy future for Massachusetts.

Elected officials attending the conference include Sens. Eileen Donoghue and Jamie Eldridge and Reps. Jennifer Benson, Linda Dean Campbell, Stephen DiNatale, Sheila Harrington, Stephen Kulik and Chris Walsh.

The event is free, but space is limited.

Participants can register at https://statewidesummit.eventbrite.com.

For additional information visit http://StopNED.org

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