About 50 people showed up Tuesday for a presentation by Bruce Winn of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, and Attorney Katy Eiseman, of No Fracked Gas in Mass on the proposed pipeline at the Chesterfield Community Center.
said environmental concerns related to fracking include the contamination of ground water, wastewater disposal, leaks and explosions along the pipeline as well as the immense amount of water needed for the fracking process.
also noted that one of the most common misconceptions about the pipeline is that it would provide an abundant source of home heating fuel for residents in the state.
"That is just not true.
Home heating is definitely not what is driving this project.
There is already plenty of natural gas available for home heating," Winn
maintains the pipeline would instead fuel gas-fired electric power generation facilities.
said it is entirely conceivable that natural gas from this project would be sold to Canada and countries abroad, as prices for natural gas in European and Asian markets are double and triple the cost of natural gas in the U.S.
said, gives natural gas companies a large financial incentive to sell their product overseas.
contends investing in additional natural gas projects will hurt the development of other renewable energy sources and energy efficiency solutions in the long term.
said the average fracking well is a non-sustainable short-term resource.
"Why would we do that when we could invest in more reliable and more sustainable energy sources like wind, hydro, and solar," said Winn