Anti-pipeline protesters demonstrate ahead of Longmeadow vote

Hampden County

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – People in Longmeadow will be holding stand-outs Monday, to voice their opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group gathered at Forest Glen Road and Route 5 Monday morning to hold the first of two standouts, protesting plans for a gas metering station to be built on Longmeadow Country Club property by Tennessee gas and Columbia gas.

Some residents told 22News, they are concerned by this project.

“If something terrible does happen, we’ll all just put our heads in our hands and say ‘what were we thinking?'” said Debbie Levy, who lives in Longmeadow.

The purpose of the standouts is to urge residents to learn more about the project, and vote “yes” on Question 2 on the Town Ballot.

A yes vote on Question 2 would be in favor of asking the towns select board to investigate the purchase of land designated for a natural gas metering station. It would give Longmeadow the power to purchase the land, rather than the gas companies.

“We are going down every avenue that’s available to us because we really are very concerned about this,” said Michele Marantz, the Chair of the Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group. “Concerned about our air, concerned about safety issues. Two words – Merrimack Valley.”

Gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley last September killed one person, and left thousands without heat or hot water for weeks. But, Tennessee Gas said the Longmeadow project is needed to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to customers throughout western Massachusetts.

The 2019 annual town election will be held Tuesday, June 11 from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Longmeadow Community House.

The group will be gathering at the intersection of Forest Glen Rd. and Longmeadow St. (Route 5) again from 4:00 to 6:00 in the evening.

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