Longmeadow residents discuss concerns about gas pipeline project at public meeting

Hampden County

A public hearing Wednesday night on the proposed gas pipeline construction project in Hampden County.

Massachusetts Facilities Siting Board wanted to hear resident’s thoughts on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s proposed natural gas pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow. 

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company wants to improve pipelines in Agawam and create a new meter station in Longmeadow. The company said the improvements in western Massachusetts are needed to ensure continued safe and reliable natural gas service to 106,000 customers.

Both supporters and critics came to the public hearing to share their thoughts and concerns. 

Michele Marantz, Chair of the Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness group, told 22News the metering system should not be located in a residential area, especially when both the towns and the state are attempting to lower fossil fuel emissions. 

“So why are we instituting an expansion of gas infrastructure that’s going to increase that number? It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Marantz.

Town Manager Stephen Crane said to 22News, “Our only interest in all of this is to protect the health and safety of Longmeadow residents.”

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company said pipeline infrastructure upgrades are needed to meet the increased demand for natural gas.

Related: Public hearing on local gas pipeline projects to be held in Longmeadow Wednesday night

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