Lawmakers in Berkshires cite environment opposing gas pipeline planned for northern Mass.

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PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts — A group of lawmakers in the Berkshires is opposing a gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports ( ) that the lawmakers on Friday cited environmental, economic, public safety and public health concerns.

The proposal by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Services of Texas calls for a section to be built along the northern part of Massachusetts, ending in Dracut, north of Boston, where it would connect with transmission lines owned by other companies.

Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield; Rep. William Pignatelli, D-Lenox; Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams; Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru; and Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington said the proposal is not in the public interest.

The pipeline plan stems in part from a push by the six New England governors to boost the region's supply of natural gas.

Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle,

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