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Pro and con to argue Mass. natural gas pipeline

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DALTON, Mass. (AP) — Representatives of Kinder Morgan are scheduled to visit western Massachusetts to present their side in a debate over a natural gas pipeline expansion.

The Berkshire Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/VJLVJ4 ) that Dalton officials intend to organize a panel of residents to argue the other side.

Kinder Morgan, parent company of Tennessee Gas, is expected to file a preliminary application for the 250-mile pipeline. It would begin in Wright, New York, west of Schenectady, and follow a route through eight Berkshire communities. It would end in Dracut, north of Lowell.

The cost of the pipeline is estimated at nearly $4 billion, in addition to $2 billion for a route supplying natural gas.

Opponents say the public will bear the cost of construction with higher electricity rates. Opponents in Dalton won a nonbinding resolution against the pipeline.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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