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June 26, 2014

Pipeline proposal to get public airing

Meeting called on natural gas plans as questions, frustration escalate

ANDOVER — Less than a week after the town manager issued a cease-and-desist order against pipeline workers trying to survey residents’ properties, the company that wants to build a high-pressure natural gas line through town agreed to convene a meeting to answer questions about the controversial project.

Representatives of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, will give a two-hour presentation about the pipeline proposal followed by a question-and-answer session on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Wood Hill Middle School on Cross Street.

Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski said he expects as many as 400 to 500 people to attend, which is why the meeting is being held in the Wood Hill auditorium.

“We are expecting a big turnout,” Stapczynski said.

On June 11, the town manager issued a cease-and-desist order against surveyors working for Tennessee Gas who had been knocking on doors, sending letters and making phone calls to owners of property that may be on the path of the proposed, new pipeline.

After getting a series of complaints from residents reporting heavy-handed tactics by energy company surveyors, Stapczynski sent a letter demanding that they cease all of their activities in Andover until an information session could be scheduled on the pipeline proposal.

The company called to arrange the meeting shortly after receiving the letter.

Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas have held numerous public forums across the state and much of the Northeast to present their plans for a pipeline that runs from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, with feeder lines, known as “laterals,” running from Dracut into Methuen, Haverhill, Andover and beyond.

The so-called Lynnfield lateral would run from a central hub in Dracut into Methuen before heading south through Andover along the Tewksbury line. It would then cross into North Reading before hitting Lynnfield.

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