Holyoke residents march in protest of Columbia Gas pipeline expansion

Hampden County

Some Holyoke residents want to stop the Columbia Gas pipeline expansion from impacting their city.

Dozens of members of the Holyoke Chapter of Neighbor to Neighbor marched to Holyoke Gas and Electric Thursday.

They’re demanding HG&E rescind its agreement with Columbia Gas to build a six-mile pipeline from Agawam to Holyoke.  

Concern grew after last month’s gas explosions in eastern Massachusetts, but the group’s been protesting the pipeline since March. 

“We were concerned about it,” said Jacqueline Velez. “We didn’t think that new infrastructure being built is beneficial to residents of the town that are involved in the multi-city campaign.”

After delivering a letter to HG&E, Neighbor to Neighbor members marched to Holyoke City Hall to deliver the same letter to Mayor Alex Morse.

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