• 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.

  • Lowell Sun: Harrington To Kinder Morgan: “Move Pipeline”

    By Hiroko Sato, Reporter, The Lowell Sun

    Posted: 06/27/14

    DUNSTABLE — Groups of legislators are showing an interest in encouraging Kinder Morgan to run its proposed natural-gas pipeline along state highways rather than through rural neighborhoods.

    And the energy-transportation giant appears to be getting serious about exploring the option, now that it knows the Legislature may pressure the state Department of Transportation to make it happen, according to State Rep. Sheila Harrington, R-Groton.

    “They are looking into it,” Harrington said of Kinder Morgan on Thursday night as more than 100 people listened to the pipeline project at Dunstable Town Hall during an information session.

    “We looked at the map (of state highways) and thought there was a lot of possibility,” she said.

    The information session was the first of its kind held in Dunstable. While Kinder Morgan presented its 129-mile pipeline project in other communities, Dunstable selectmen asked the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments to present what it knows about the project.

    During the meeting, Harrington — who served on the panel along with NMCOG Executive Director Beverly Woods and Ken Hartlage, president of Nashoba Conservation Trust — said she met with Kinder Morgan representatives on Tuesday morning and asked if they would look more closely at state-owned rights of way as a potential pipeline route.

    “They said those rights of way are generally difficult to get from the state and that, when they propose, the state generally doesn’t like to give it to them,” Harrington said of Kinder Morgan representatives. “So I said, ‘what about if a whole bunch of legislators came down on the Department of Transportation and said we want you to give them access over our existing rights of way to the extent that is possible?’ “

    Kinder Morgan representatives showed a keen interest in her proposal and contacted her the next day to ask how other lawmakers reacted to her idea at the Legislative Caucus earlier in the day, Harrington said. She added that many legislators expressed their enthusiasm for her proposal.

    Because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has control over the pipeline project, Harrington said she is also working with Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.

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