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Are You Concerned About a Possible Pipeline Problem?

Some residents have been approached for permission to survey land as a company explores a possible natural gas pipeline.

Are you concerned about a possible pipeline running through town? (File Photo)
Are you concerned about a possible pipeline running through town? (File Photo)
No construction or proposal is on the immediate horizon, but some residents are concerned after being approached by a company looking to survey land to possibly install a natural gas pipeline that could run through Tewksbury.

The Lowell Sun reported earlier this week that Kinder Morgan's Northeast Expansion Project Pipeline would begin in Wright, New York, and end in Dracut, spanning 179 miles along the way.

Kinder Morgan representatives, residents may have also heard of parent company Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, have been asking for permission to survey backyards in Tewksbury as a part of its plans.

Residents received packets about the possible pipeline project, which could start construction in 2017 and be functioning by 2018, according to the Lowell Sun report.

Surrounding towns have also reported residents being approached by the company, including Andover and North Reading. The Sun reported that about 200 people recently attended a meeting with the Nashoba Conservation Trust, and during that meeting participants vowed they would take a stand against the proposal.

Have you been approached by the company to survey your land? What was your response? Does this potential project concern you? Or are you open to the idea? Let us know in the comments section below.
Mary May 19, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Thanks Karin.
malcolm nichols May 19, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Karin, so the property is still owned (in most cases) by the Town. Town has just given away most of it's rights to use, but maintains the obligations as an owner, cleanup, property tax, etc.... When i buy a house i make a lump sum to purchase it, but i also need to pay property tax year over year. Who pays the property tax in this case. I suggest no one does.
Tewksbury2001 May 20, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Which street's in town will this pass by?
Mary May 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM
@Tewksbury2001: Check the Facebook page Ames Pond Friends and Neighborhood Group page to see where they are proposing that this gas line to be laid.
Karin Theodoros Zaroulis May 22, 2014 at 06:09 AM
Malcolm, the property owner pays the taxes despite the easement. There is a citizens' guide published by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC) that explains a lot about pipelines, including that issue. It's called " An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? This link should take you to it: http://www.ferc.gov/for-citizens/citizen-guides/citz-guide-gas.pdf

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