DRACUT -- Five bicyclists who are speaking out against the Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts this summer will start their journey in Dracut on Tuesday.
A team of five college students, who are planning to travel around the state by bicycle this summer aiming to stop the 129-mile natural-gas pipeline pipeline through Massachusetts, will make a stop in Dracut to discuss the topic with area residents on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church, at 115 Wheeler Road, according to group member Rachel Eckles.
"We will be visiting where the pipeline would come through and discussing what Dracut can do as a community to build their opposition," Eckles said. "We and the Dracut/Tyngsboro Pipeline Awareness Group will be speaking briefly, as well as a member of a nearby neighborhood to the pipeline. Afterwards, people will be able to share their concerns and discuss possible approaches to getting this pipeline stopped."
Eckles said she and the other four bicyclists are taking part in "Climate Summer," a summer internship program for college students, graduate students, or recent graduates in which riders, traveling exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spend about a week in a community before biking on to the next.
After their Dracut appearance, the group's next stop will be in Ashby. They will go on to visit multiple Massachusetts communities that may be affected by installation of the pipeline before concluding their journey back in Dracut sometime in August, Eckles said.
While in each town, the Climate Summer riders will attempt to connect with community leaders "who are actively addressing society's addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities," according to the mission statement posted on the program's website (http://climatesummer.net).
Climate Summer is an offshoot of the "Better Future Project," an effort to steer the public away from using fossil fuels, and is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., a nonprofit public charity, the website states.
At Special Town Meeting in Groton on Monday, the town's voters adopted a nonbinding resolution that calls for selectmen to oppose the pipeline project proposed by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline, as well as any pipeline "that potentially threatens the safety of any Groton students, faculty or school facilities."
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