A group opposed to a proposed natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts has begun a walk across the state to protest the project. The walk will follow the proposed route of the pipeline, which would bring natural gas from the New York state border to Dracut, Massachusetts. Cheryl Rose of Dalton helped organize the walk through the Berkshires, which she says drew up to 80 people over the weekend. She says she believes opposition to the pipeline has momentum.
“I think what’s happening is people are learning about it, and when they learn about it, they can’t help but feel this is the wrong direction for our energy policy, that we don’t want this pipeline, nor do we want more fossil fuel infrastructure,” says Rose.
Richard Wheatley, a spokesperson for Kinder Morgan, which is proposing the gas line, says the company wants to work in an “amicable manner” with landowners and town officials. Wheatley says 50 percent of landowners along the proposed pipeline route have given permission for the company to survey their land. That’s a 20 percent increase since early May. He says the company has started surveying in the last few weeks. The protest walk is scheduled to continue through late July.