Local Governments Taking Action

Municipalities that have voted to oppose the pipeline include:

Massachusetts:

  • Amherst
  • Andover
  • Ashburnham
  • Ashby
  • Ashfield
  • Athol
  • Berlin
  • Bolton
  • Brookline
  • Buckland
  • Cheshire
  • Chesterfield
  • Conway
  • Cummington
  • Dalton
  • Deerfield
  • Dracut
  • Dunstable
  • Erving
  • Gill
  • Greenfield
  • Groton
  • Hancock
  • Lanesborough
  • Lenox
  • Leverett
  • Lynnfield
  • Methuen
  • Middlefield
  • Montague
  • North Adams
  • Northfield
  • Northampton
  • Orange
  • Pelham
  • Pepperell
  • Peru
  • Pittsfield
  • Plainfield
  • Richmond
  • Royalston
  • Sandisfield (in response to the Connecticut Expansion, but including a broad ban on such pipelines)
  • Shelburne
  • Sunderland
  • Templeton
  • Tewksbury
  • Townsend
  • Tyngsborough
  • Warwick
  • Washington
  • Wendell
  • Williamstown
  • Wilmington
  • Windsor
  • Winchendon
  • Worthington

New Hampshire:

  • Amherst
  • Brookline
  • Fitzwilliam
  • Greenville
  • Hollis
  • Hudson
  • Londonderry
  • Mason
  • Merrimack
  • New Ipswich
  • Richmond
  • Rindge
  • Troy
  • Winchester

Town meetings or town officials have denied TGP access to survey town-owned land in Ashburnham, Athol, Conway, Dalton, Deerfield, Dunstable, Montague, North Reading, Orange, Pepperell, Phillipston, Plainfield, Royalston,Townsend, Warwick; in New Hampshire, Brookline, Mason, Milford, Fitzwilliam, Rindge and Winchester.

A municipal coalition concerned about the pipeline has formed in Middlesex and Essex County.

Other municipal actions:

Shelburne and Ashfield passed community rights resolutions that seeks more local involvement and control in decision-making on large-scale industrial projects.

Conservation Commissions play a role in the permitting process.  Commisssioners can contact the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions for more information.

Deerfield’s Board of Health has issued an order banning the pipeline.

Harvard Conservation Commission wrote to Governor Patrick expressing deep concerns about the project.

The Groton and Ashby Boards of Selectmen moved to prohibit from town roads surveying for gas pipelines.

Many municipalities have begun to prepare and file comments with FERC.