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Scott Jackson, Bethany Bradley, Thomas Cairns Release Pipeline Study

Posted: May 18th, 2015
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PipelineCourtesy: UMass Center of Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Center of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment has released “A Natural Resources Assessment of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s Proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project’s Pipeline Route Within Massachusetts.” The assessment was conducted by a team from the Department of Environmental Conservation, including Scott Jackson, extension associate professor, Bethany Bradley, assistant professor, and Thomas Cairns, MS candidate. The authors created the assessment by utilizing a compilation of twenty available inventories of natural resources and environmental resources in Massachusetts, from state and UMass Amherst sources. These inventories were mapped against the mainline route of the proposed pipeline and then the proportion of affected resources was compared to the availability of the particular resource countywide and statewide. This method resulted in identification of key resources most likely to be impacted by the pipeline. Volume One covers the mainline of the pipeline and is now available for download here. Volume Two (forthcoming) will cover the spurs.