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February 8, 2014

Feds release map of pipeline roads


But Bruce Kernan of South Worcester, whose family owns a parcel consisting of nearly 1,000 wooded acres in Harpersfield, said the company was only providing the maps now — on the eve of the release of a draft environmental impact statement — because the Army Corps of Engineers insisted they be part of the public record.

The late development, said Kernan, a forester who with his siblings control the Henry S. Kernan Land Trust, is an example of the Constitution Pipeline company being “less than completely honest and forthright with the public whose environment the proposed pipeline would so seriously and irreversibly affect.”

The pipeline company said the transmission system would transport 650,000 dekatherms of gas a day, enough to power 3 million homes. Advocates for the project say it will benefit the local economy and provide a new revenue stream to local governments.

The company — whose partners include Houston-based Williams Partners — says on its web site that “the proposed route avoids populated areas where possible, while minimizing impacts to wetland, riparian and other high value wildlife habitat areas. The route also minimizes river and stream crossings to reduce environmental impacts.”

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