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GROTON — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Working Group is continuing to plug away at questions about plans for an interstate gas main to run through town. Those answers will ultimately determine Groton’s position on the issue.

The committee was established by the Board of Selectmen to examine issues dealing with plans by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners to construct a new 36-inch high-pressure main from Dracut through Groton and beyond to supply communities in central Massachusetts with natural gas.

In Groton, the proposed pipeline would run across portions of land owned by the Conservation Commission, Conservation Trust, beneath the Nashua River, over numerous private parcels, and the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.

Fearful of the pipeline project, residents have appointed ad hoc committees, formed regional alliances, and collected petition signatures for presentation to state officials.

The sense of urgency that had at first galvanized group members as well as residents, has cooled with the news that Kinder Morgan has changed its plans from a route through Massachusetts to a more northerly one through southern New Hampshire.

Group member Jack Petropoulos, noting the decline in concern about the project, admitted he had not heard much conversation going on around town about the pipeline despite anti-pipeline signs that still dot the Groton countryside.

Petropoulos feared residents may not understand that should problems arise with the New Hampshire route being considered by planners, the pipeline could be shifted south with Groton again lying in its path.

The quiescent attitude of the public made some members wonder about the original purpose of the Working Group — whether it was to oppose the pipeline coming through town or simply to advise selectmen on the best way to approach the issue if Groton again found itself in the crosshairs.

Selectman Stuart Schulman said his actions would be guided by the choice of voters at a past Town Meeting, who turned out heavily to express opposition to the pipeline.

Groton Electric Light Department manager and group Chairman Kevin Kelly said everyone who has visited his offices has voiced support for the pipeline which, he added, would mean big savings in electric bills if it’s completed.

Selectman Peter Cunningham agreed with Schulman, however, saying the will of the people as expressed at Town Meeting should be followed.

Members decided to prepare questions for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to identify issues related to the pipeline project’s environmental impact and consider alternative solutions to the energy distribution question.

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