A public hearing is being held in Longmeadow on gas pipeline construction projects in Hampden County Wednesday night.
The State’s Energy Facilities Siting Board wants your input on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s proposed construction projects in Agawam and Longmeadow.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company wants to upgrade its pipeline infrastructure in Western Massachusetts. They said their proposed pipeline improvement projects in Agawam and new metering station in Longmeadow are needed to ensure safe and reliable natural gas service to 106,000 customers.
“That would be of utmost importance to me especially if I was a resident of Agawam, the safety of the pipeline and construction of such,” said Jay Agosto of Springfield.
Tennesse Gas Company’s proposed Longmeadow Meter Station that would be built on the site of the Longmeadow Country Club is facing the most controversy.
State Senator Eric Lesser told 22News, “There are a lot of unknown questions here and I feel like the utility company is zooming ahead here. There are questions about the long-term health effects. I don’t think it’s prudent for the project to go forward.”
State Senator Eric Lesser told 22News the Longmeadow meter station would release methane and other harmful contaminants, which pose serious health risks.
22News contacted the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company for comment, but we hadn’t heard back yet.
The Energy Facilities Siting Board will submit all of your questions and concerns to the Federal Regulatory Commission Wednesday night, which will decide whether to approve the projects in Agawam and Longmeadow.
The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m., at the Longmeadow High School auditorium.