Longmeadow residents unsupportive of proposed gas metering station location

Hampden County

Members of the Longmeadow pipeline awareness group said a metering station’s proposed location is too close to neighborhoods and an elementary school.

Longmeadow residents formed the Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness group in response to a proposed metering station that would be part of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

The group said the proposed location is on Longmeadow Country Club property.

Longmeadow Town Manager Steven Crane told 22News that the town has no official role, that the project is a private discussion between Tennessee Gas and the Longmeadow Country Club.

Panelists led a discussion on the pipeline and metering station Wednesday night.

“We don’t think that the metering station is necessary there. We do have a valve station that is located in Fanny Stebbins which is by the river,” said Michele Marantz of Longmeadow. “Even though it is a valve station, it could be upgraded to a metering station, and it’s in a non-residential area.”

Tennessee Gas told 22News they knew about Wednesday’s meeting but would have no comment.

Columbia Gas and the Longmeadow Country Club did not return our calls.

Ray Thomas of Longmeadow told 22News the recent explosions in the Merrimack Valley made him more concerned about this project, “Proved that the company is certainly questionable. Two approximately 48-inch gas lines 75 yards from my house. I think we have enough danger just by those two huge pipelines going through there. We don’t need anymore.”

Crane said the town did file a motion with a federal agency and they now receive notifications about the project.

While the town has no role at this point, Crane said Longmeadow is looking into what the town’s role would be if permits were needed.

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