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JOINT STATEMENT: Legislators speak out against Kinder Morgan's proposed Northeast Direct Gas Pipeline project
July 25, 2014

"As legislators representing communities to be impacted by the proposed Tennessee Gas/Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct gas pipeline, we want to make our opposition to the project clear. We oppose the project for environmental, economic, public safety and public health reasons. In recent months we have heard a message of overwhelming opposition from our constituents, on those grounds and others. We have performed our due diligence and met with various state agencies, project proponents, environmental organizations, local laborers and our constituents to better understand the project, all issues surrounding it and state government’s role in the process. While it is clear the ultimate power in permitting and approving the project rests with the federal government, in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), it is our responsibility as state legislators to speak for our communities. As such, we have come to the conclusion that while building the Northeast Direct Gas Pipeline would provide the economic benefit of providing good jobs with good wages for local labor, the project as a whole is not in the public interest. We can and should do better."
 
State Senator Benjamin B. Downing                                                       
Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District                         
                                                                  
 
State Representative Stephen Kulik
1st Franklin District
 
State Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi                                           
1st Berkshire District                                       
                                                             
 
State Representative Paul W. Mark
2nd Berkshire District
 
State Representative Smitty Pignatelli
4th Berkshire District
 
 
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