Lowell Sun: Rep. Harrington Attends Anti-Pipeline Rally

Published in the Lowell Sun, August 14, 2014

PEPPERELL — Wednesday’s rain did little to stop a crowd of more than 40 people from gathering at Pepperell Family Pharmacy to unveil the list of about 100 local businesses that endorse the Stop the Pipeline campaign.

“The response from small businesses really has been overwhelming,” said Claire Miller from Toxics Action Center, an organization based in Boston that assists neighborhood groups to fight pollution in their communities…

State Rep. Sheila Harrington, R-Groton, appeared at the rally to show her support.

“I think that in the very beginning, when this issue came up, there was a lack of awareness,” she said.

At first, only the legislators whose districts were directly affected by the pipeline were vocal in opposing it, she said, but now the entire Legislature is aware of the issue.

Today she is expected to meet with David J. Molher, executive director of the Office of Transportation Planning, and representatives from Kinder Morgan. She said both parties have already met to discuss the possibility of changing the route of the natural-gas pipeline to run along state highways rather than through rural neighborhoods.

“What I am trying to do is show what rights of way we have through our Department of Transportation and try to get a meeting of the minds,” she said, “to be able to use existing rights of way so we don’t affect natural resources or private property.”

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Sheila at the anti-pipeline rally in Pepperell, MA.