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February 18, 2014

Gas pipeline route divulged

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“We really haven’t gotten many calls on it at all, frankly,” Keenan said.

The closest the proposed line appears to go to residential properties would be near the end of Planters Street, before it goes across Collins Cove, and in the rough triangle of land between Szetela Lane, Lee Fort Terrace and Fort Avenue on the other side of water. The route through David Beattie Park will also be in close proximity to some residences.

Algonquin has also put together a backup plan for the pipeline that would avoid Collins Cove altogether by traveling alongside East Collins, Collins and Webb streets. The 1.4-mile route would pass nearer to many more residences than the first.

“It’s longer and a little more complicated in that you have traffic issues to worry about,” Keenan said, adding that the company had been required to develop a secondary route via land.

According to documents provided by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Algonquin has completed the project’s exploratory borings in Beverly Harbor and Collins Cove and expected to have completed two remaining onshore borings by early this month.

The project still needs federal approval, but work could begin next year.

A hearing on the project will be held at Bentley Elementary School on March 6 at 7 p.m. Representatives of Algonquin are expected to attend and be available for questions.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at ndempsey@salemnews.com.

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