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Merrimack Valley

July 8, 2014

Opponents will hear natural gas pipeline plan tonight in Andover

Tennessee Gas proposal to get airing

ANDOVER — Opponents, including property owners and conservationists, are expected to turn out in large numbers Wednesday for a presentation on a controversial natural gas pipeline that's being proposed to run through town.

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

Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski said he expects as many as 400 to 500 people to attend.

The company that wants to build a high-pressure natural gas line through town agreed to convene the meeting last month after the town manager issued a cease-and-desist order against pipeline workers trying to survey residents’ properties.

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. Surveyors working for Tennessee Gas had been going door to door, sending letters and making phone calls to owners of property that may be on the path of the proposed, new pipeline.

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.

The Haverhill lateral would run north, through part of Methuen and along an existing pipeline corridor in Haverhill.

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