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Tewksbury Selectmen Concerned About Pipeline, Looking Into Cease and Desist

After meeting with residents and Kinder-Morgan representatives, town officials said they are exploring their options.

Jim Wentworth and selectmen are concerned about the proposed pipeline. (Patch File Photo)
Jim Wentworth and selectmen are concerned about the proposed pipeline. (Patch File Photo)
After meeting with residents and representatives from Kinder-Morgan regarding the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project, the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen is exploring options that include a possible cease and desist order against the company.

The town said in a press release on Monday that following last week's presentation at the Tewksbury Senior Center, board members voted to seek an opinion from Town Counsel on the matter.

"The Board has voted to seek an opinion from Town Counsel to determine if a cease and desist order can be sent to Kinder-Morgan to demand they stop from any further contact directly with residents impacted by the project and require that all future communication be directed through the Town so that coordinated resident meetings can be scheduled with the Town, residents, and Kinder-Morgan representatives," the town announced on Monday.

In addition, the board voted to join the Middlesex County Coalition of Municipalities, which pairs them with towns from throughout the region who would be impacted by the project.

According to the press release, board members believe joining the coalition will allow Tewksbury to receive the most pertinent and timely information about the project, and determine what will be best for residents as things play out.

"Since the process for approving the pipeline expansion is in its early stages, the board anticipates getting more information from, and having continued dialogue with, Kinder-Morgan as they schedule future meetings in Tewksbury with our residents," the town said. 

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