Letter: Prevent a Tully Mountain disaster
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In anticipation of the Dalton Special Town Meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at Nessacus School, I have been informed that the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas pipeline proposes to cross Tully Mountain above Dalton Division Road by following the same path as the high-power lines already there.
I have been hiking that path since 1966 and have seen that a large part of it is solid rock, so it seems to me that a pipeline there would involve either very expensive destructive blasting or surface pipes. The first alternative would be extremely expensive and an unmitigated ecological disaster. The second, just as destructive, begs the question, doesn’t gas flow downhill? Any leakage up on that hill will follow the path of the Brattle Brook into our neighborhoods and parks to merge with the PCB-laden Housatonic.
We are already paying the price of corporate pollution from the river up, let’s not do it from the mountain down.