Mass. residents walk to stop pipeline plan

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Updated: 7/07 9:02 am

RICHMOND, MASS. – Protesters against a proposed gas pipeline took their opposition to the streets in Berkshire County over the weekend.

Dozens kicked off a relay walk on Sunday. People traveled along the route of the proposed pipeline, calling for no fracking or pipeline. The protesters walked a five and a half mile stretch from Richmond to Pittsfield while carrying a baton symbolic of a pipeline.

Those opposed to the pipeline say they plan to pass the baton along each leg of the relay as they cover the pipeline's proposed path.

Demonstrators say they are concerned about the environmental impact of the natural gas transmission line, stating that on an almost daily basis pipelines rupture creating huge fires. Protesters believe the same would occur at their location.

Jim Cutler, with the Massachusetts Plan Group, says the state needs to explore other energy options first.

Opponents of the project say the company is still in the survey and planning stages. Representatives from the Tennessee gas pipeline are already out in the community asking property owners to survey their property.

The anti-pipeline relay is expected to continue on Monday, where people will walk from Pittsfield to Dalton.

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