SANDISFIELD — At first, it looked like a gift from the pipeline company, perhaps to make up for six months of wear and tear the town endured during pipeline construction last year.
But Kinder Morgan later revealed that a promised $50,000 donation to the town was an exchange of sorts — and not a very equitable one.
"This went from being a gift to a contract," said Brian O'Rourke, chairman of Sandisfield's Select Board. "We would have had to sign a legally binding document that would release [the company] from all potential liabilities ... for any past, present or future problems that might arise around the pipeline."
O'Rourke said the company had asked that the money be dedicated to roads or a new highway garage, which is now being replaced with insurance money after it burned in December, in a catastrophic fire.
Word of the gift came at some point after Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. had, last November, completed almost 4 miles of natural gas pipeline spur through town as part of its larger, 13-mile tri-state Connecticut Expansion Project. (read more)
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