Springfield Climate Justice Coalition holds rally against proposed Eversource pipeline

Springfield Climate Justice Coalition holds rally against proposed Eversource pipeline
Published: Apr. 9, 2022 at 8:12 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition held a rally in hopes of stopping the proposed Eversource pipeline Saturday.

Eversource is trying to build a new high-pressure pipeline that would go through Springfield and Longmeadow. The Coalition believes it would impact several Springfield neighborhoods, including Forest Park and the South End.

Western Mass News spoke to State Representative Bud Williams, who said he’s been continuously fighting the project for half a decade.

“What it is is a pipeline that taxpayers will fund, the bill, 40 million dollars, according to their own information they don’t need a pipeline,” he said.

Williams added that the goal is to get away from using fossil fuels and into new renewable resources. Williams said this pipeline would be counterproductive to that plan.

Western Mass News reached out to Eversource for a response to the rally. A spokesperson for Eversource provided the following statement:

“With more than 58,000 of our natural gas customers in the Greater Springfield area currently served by a single supply through infrastructure that is 70 years old, the Western Massachusetts Natural Gas Reliability Project will provide a much-needed second supply source to enhance reliability for nearly 200,000 people and businesses in the area. We’re committed to close collaboration throughout this process with our neighbors in the local communities and stakeholders at all levels to listen to their feedback – with a constant focus on ensuring safe, reliable service for our customers.

We held two virtual open houses last fall to give local residents and business owners an opportunity to learn more about the proposed project with subject matter experts, ask questions and provide comments before submitting our formal proposal to the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board. We anticipate filing that proposal in the near future – opening an approximately two-year regulatory proceeding, as well various local, state and federal permitting processes – and we look forward to that comprehensive public process to consider this critical reliability project and important issues like need, safety, environmental impacts and cost.”