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April 22, 2014

Algonquin Gas details pipeline plans

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Some vegetation might have to be cleared from areas before the trench for the pipe can be dug. Algonquin said that construction will temporarily impact a total of 1.65 acres of “emergent and scrub-shrub wetlands” and 0.29 acres of “forested wetlands” but noted that all but 0.16 acres of the latter will eventually “return to a pre-construction state.”

That remaining 0.16 acres will be become permanently non-forested.

Algonquin has looked into whether its digging is liable to uncover anything historic and has put together a plan to address “unanticipated discoveries of cultural resources and human remains.” The company has also sought to consult with at least two Native American organizations, though it was still waiting to hear back from them when the report was filed.

The Salem Lateral isn’t currently slated to cross any residential properties, but portions of the temporary workspace Algonquin will require do come within 50 feet of residences on Waite Street, Planters Street, Lee Fort Terrace, Fort Avenue, Webb Street and Derby Street.

Also, Algonquin says that city tax maps indicate a small area of one residential property on Webb Street — about 0.03 of an acre — extends into the temporary workspace.

On Footprint property, the metering station will consist of a 12-feet-by-8-feet single-story prefabricated building. Algonquin says 10 workers will be needed to erect the station, and 61 will be employed to see through the rest of the project.

Algonquin originally said the pipeline would only be 1.2 miles long. Updated maps indicate it will take a slightly different path through the Footprint property than was first proposed, apparently accounting for at least the majority of the additional 0.2 miles.

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

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