State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow

Tennessee Gas Pipeline must prepare an Environmental Impact Report for its natural gas expansion projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, the Baker administration has ruled. Tennessee, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, hopes to increase horsepower at its Agawam compressor station, build a new, 12-inch two-mile pipeline loop in Agawam, and construct a “West Longmeadow Meter Station,” a delivery gate which would feed a new Columbia Gas pipeline backbone to Springfield. Energy and environment secretary Matthew A. Beaton on Aug. 17 signed a certificate under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act, or MEPA, requiring better information about air pollution, rare species and wetlands, stream crossings, climate resiliency, construction protocols, and more.

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