Kinder Morgan's Contaminated Pipeline Test Water Bound For Maine Treatment Plant

Nov 28, 2017

Contaminated water used to test Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline in Western Massachusetts will be trucked to a Maine wastewater treatment plant. 

To test the pipeline’s pressure, Kinder Morgan pumped water from Lower Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest and ran it through the new 4-mile link in September.

The company planned to release the water in nearby Otis, but the contamination level was too high, according to the EPA.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Kinder Morgan blames a holding tank for the spike in lead, copper, nickel, iron, and zinc as well as the chemical tetrachloroethylene. The company will haul about 547,000 gallons of water to Clean Harbors wastewater treatment plant in Maine.