My Turn/Hamilton: Don’t steal our natural beauty

An appeal to Kinder Morgan’s executive chairman

On March 16, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, filed suit to overturn Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. Article 97 protects state park and forest land from eminent domain by any entity — unless the Legislature votes to allow said taking.

The outcome of the suit will establish a precedent for additional pipelines, including the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, is defending the state against the pipeline company. On March 31, the Berkshire Superior Court addressed technical issues, such as a possible date for a hearing. Richard Kinder is executive chairman of Kinder Morgan. This is the letter I recently sent Kinder.

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