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Rolling march to stop proposed pipeline project meets in Deerfield

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The rally for the statewide march against the proposed Kinder-Morgan gas transmission pipeline met at Clarkdale Orchards in Deerfield on Friday.

Protesters said the nearly 200-mile-long proposed pipeline plan is a safety hazard. Three area marches took place throughout the day.

"There are explosions and when there is an explosion, it's a fire that's almost impossible to put out," said Emily Greene, Greenfield protester. 

Protesters hope the march will bring awareness to the plan and show the negative effects. 

"We want to give the legislators an opportunity to have hearings and give the public an opportunity to weigh in on whether they think this is right for us as the people of Massachusetts," said Jim Cutler, Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network. 

Ben Clark from Clarkdale Fruit Farms is against the idea because the path cuts right through his orchard. 

"The reason we're so against it is, it will permanently be a 50-foot-wide piece of land that we can't plant. Behind us here are hills, it's going to rip out the orchard, basically rip it in half and we won't be able to use that land. It's going to be a major impact for us here," said Clark.

Clark let residents tour his orchard to show where the route of the pipeline would be by placing orange balloons throughout. 

The natural gas pipeline is a high pressure gas line that will run from the Albany area to close to Eastern Massachusetts. Comedian Bill Cosby released a statement honoring the efforts of the protesters. They'll travel to the statehouse on July 30. 

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