By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher
Our original impression was that expansion of the Northeast Direct (NED) high-pressure gas line into Peabody affected the Independence Greenway (aka the bikeway), and some homes in the Glen Drive neighborhood.
But new information is now emerging that leads us to surmise that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a division to energy giant Kinder Morgan, might have designs on an even more expansive, and potentially dangerous project in West Peabody.
The Eye has learned that, in addition to slashing through the bikeway with a new high-pressure line as part of its almost 300-mile NED project, Kinder Morgan is looking for ways to connect the new line with an existing sub-station at the intersection of Birch and Lowell Streets (see map above).
What that would mean is a project that would potentially affect hundreds of homes in what is a highly crowded residential area between Russell and that section of Lowell Street.
Looking beyond this map, the most-direct route for connecting the pipeline to the substation would be to have a pipeline come up Birch Street, passing not only hundreds of homes, but also the Burke Elementary School.
We’re still doing some fact finding here, so please stay tuned to this space, or like the Peabody Citizens United Facebook page to keep on top of the latest information.