Regarding Kinder Morgan’s route change through Richmond — rerouting miles of pipeline closer to residential homes where as before it went through vacant logging land:
Kinder Morgan states that the changes in the proposed route through Richmond were made to “accommodate town and regulatory agency requests.”
We town officials in Richmond objected to Kinder Morgan’s proposed change and asked that this part of the proposed route NOT be changed. The new route goes through a residential and historic area that should not be disturbed. It now parallels very close to the major road out of Richmond if we have to evacuate because of a pipeline accident. It impacts a stream, Brickyard Brook, that was previously minimally touched. In contrast, the original proposed route went through vacant logging land, a much less invasive proposal.
The representative from Kinder Morgan told town officials that the change in route was at the request of the landowner of the logging parcel that was on the original route, a private deal negotiated between Kinder Morgan and the private land owner without input from town officials.
Is it any wonder that town officials are so mistrustful of Kinder Morgan when they tell different stories to different officials, as in this case?
Chairman, Richmond Board of Selectmen