Gas pipeline promoted for economic development potential

Associated Press

Gas pipeline promoted for economic development potential

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Houston energy company executive says a proposed natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New England would help reduce costs and keep businesses from moving out of the region.

Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs at Kinder Morgan, spoke to a Connecticut Business and Industry Association gathering on Friday. He defended the proposed pipeline, which has drawn opposition from some property owners and environmentalists who oppose drilling.

He says the Marcellus Shale gas field is producing plentiful, cheap, efficient and "environmentally friendly" gas.

Fore said pipeline projects are the subject of a "common misconception" that they resemble the Alaskan pipeline and are strung across pristine areas. He says the New England system would be underground and invisible.

New England is plagued by high energy costs because of pipeline bottlenecks.

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