When Town Supervisor Lawrence Eckhardt called the hearing to order, he told the capacity crowd that the Board's decision on how to act was not likely to come until the next Regular Meeting of the Town Board on April 20th, but his reserved tone had clearly changed by the end of the night after hearing everything the community had to say.
Proposed gas pipelines in our region have been proving the old adage that all politics is local. The Stephentown Town Board held a public hearing Monday at Stephentown Volunteer Fire Hall. Discussion revolved around an interstate transmission line that would carry hydrofracked natural gas.
The public got an opportunity to comment on a proposed pipeline that would pump highly-pressurized fracked gas through parts of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Some 250 people packed the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Hall, several standing up to address the board during a two-hour meeting.
Kinder Morgan, parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, held one of 13 scheduled open houses across New England in Pittsfield last night. The purpose is to explain the company’s proposed $4 billion natural gas pipeline that is routed from Pennsylvania through New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Some have raised concerns about whether the project will export gas out of the United States.
The company behind a controversial $5 billion natural gas pipeline that would cut across New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire is investing in Berkshire County’s economic development agency. It’s a move that’s raising eyebrows around the region.