Labor group says agreement reached on gas pipeline

Associated Press

The proposed pipeline would follow a route from New York into western Massachusetts, then continue in southern New Hampshire before re-entering Massachusetts.

BOSTON (AP) — A group representing unionized construction workers says it has signed an agreement with the company that plans a $5 billion underground natural gas pipeline through southern New England.

The Massachusetts Building Trade Council announced Wednesday that a Memorandum of Understanding with Kinder Morgan requires the firm to use union labor at all construction sites in Massachusetts. The council said the project will create thousands of jobs.

The proposed pipeline would follow a route from New York into western Massachusetts for 63 miles, then turn north and continue for 70 miles in southern New Hampshire before re-entering Massachusetts and ending in Dracut.

Supporters of the pipeline say it will expand natural gas supplies in the region. Critics say the project could cause environmental harm and slow investment in renewable energy sources.

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