On the heels of local pleas to federal regulators to bring public hearings on a new gas pipeline to the North Shore, Congressman Seth Moulton has also added the weight of his office to that request.
Moulton, in a Sept. 10 letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Secretary Kimberly Bose, urged FERC to hold hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Lynnfield Lateral within the Sixth District itself, where the pipeline will churn through the North Shore, and allowed vexed residents to speak their mind.
A copy of the letter was provided to the Salem News by Moulton’s office.
Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt penned his own letter to FERC officials days earlier, asking for a meeting to be held in his city, and had explained to a Salem News reporter that he hoped to enlist Moulton’s support as well.
Peabody residents and officials have led local opposition to the project, fearing construction of the pipeline will destroy natural habitats and recreational resources and foul public drinking water supplies.
Moulton’s letter noted FERC held four scoping meetings in Massachusetts, but none of those meetings were easily accessible to North Shore residents — the closest was in Dracut.
“While it [the pipeline] has the potential to improve reliability of access to energy during peak demand, my constituents have serious concerns about the impact of the proposed Lynnfield Lateral pipeline,” he wrote.
He added his thanks for FERC extending the public comment period through Oct. 16 and said each community affected by the project should have an opportunity to share its concerns.
Posted By: Katy Shea