Public Hearing On Proposed Algonquin Gas Line

worcesterThe Massachusetts Energy Sitting Board has scheduled four public meetings regarding the proposed Algonquin Gas Transmission Pipeline.

The project is part of the Access Northeast project, an existing 125-mile natural gas pipeline that runs from New York to Massachusetts. It is being developed by National Grid, Eversource Energy, and Spectra Energy, which is affiliated with Algonquin. The new line is referred to as the West Boylston Lateral would run through Milford, Upton, Grafton, Sutton, Shrewsbury, Boylston and West Boylston. The line would connect to the Q-Loop Link in Milford.

The pipeline would affect Upton residents living along the existing National Grid high tension wires since the pipeline will likely be installed along a similar line.

The Siting Board will hear directly from residents, officials, and other interested persons about their concerns relating to the Project. The Siting Board hearings, set forth below, are separate and distinct from the public hearings being held by FE.

Hearings are scheduled for:

  • Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:00 pm Grafton High School Auditorium 24 Providence Road Grafton, MA 01519
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm Ford Middle School Auditorium 708 Middle Road Acushnet, MA 02743
  • Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:00 pm Walpole High School Auditorium 275 Common Street Walpole, MA 02081
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00 pm Abigail Adams Middle School Auditorium 89 Middle Street East Weymouth, MA 02189

The Siting Board also seeks written comments concerning the proposed Project. Comments should be sent by email to BOTH and or by U.S. mail to: Energy Facilities Siting Board, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, Attention: Robert Shea, Presiding Officer. The comments should be sent to the Siting Board by May 20, 2016.

The Siting Board will use the comments it receives, whether oral or written, in drafting a comment letter on the Project to FERC. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Shea at the e-mail or physical address above. Additional information about the Project is available on the FERC website ( Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search” and enter the FERC docket number “PF16-1.” For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at or call FERC at 1-866-208-3676.

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