Proposed gas pipeline projects to be discussed with state energy board next week

Hampden County

Western Massachusetts gas pipeline projects will go before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board for a public hearing next week.

The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board will be in Longmeadow next week, to hear comments and concerns from residents regarding a proposed metering station and pipeline projects.

In Agawam, Tennessee Gas wants to upgrade and improve their ability to deliver natural gas to Greater Springfield, something the company said their customers have been asking for.

In Longmeadow, there are plans that also involve Columbia Gas, to build a new metering station.

The project will create a new delivery point for natural gas at 400 Shaker Road, but some people in town have a problem with that location.

“To be built on the property of Longmeadow Country Club, right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, less than a half mile from an elementary school,” said Michele Marantz, chair of the Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness group. “There are health and safety factors at risk.”

Marantz added that state Senator Eric Lesser and state Representative Brian Ashe were instrumental in helping to make sure the hearing was held in western Massachusetts, and not in Boston.

Tennessee Gas asserts that the Longmeadow metering station will increase reliability for Columbia Gas customers, and improve their ability to meet future demands. 

Next week’s hearing involves projects in both Longmeadow and Agawam, but oAgawamwam resident said he’s not concerned. 

“I haven’t heard much about it, but I’m not worried about the pipelines in Agawam,” said Klan Lunghi of Agawam. “I’ve been out here for 20 years, there haven’t been any problems.”

Construction is anticipated to start in Agawam in 2020.

The proposed metering station in Longmeadow is scheduled for sometime this year. 

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