DRACUT -- The statewide relay to oppose a proposed natural-gas pipeline ended in Dracut on Saturday, but protesters vowed to continue the fight, beginning with a rally at the Statehouse planned for Wednesday.

"We are fighting for our future and the future of our children, and we are not going to stop. We will never stop," said Jim Cutler, of the Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network, to a crowd of about 50 people in Dracut.

In Boston on Wednesday, pipeline opponents from across the state are meeting to present a petition at the Statehouse that has garnered more than 11,000 signatures.

The rally there is the culmination of a statewide march that began in Richmond, on the New York border earlier this month. Protesters have walked through each town along the pipeline's proposed route, handing off a symbolic piece of pipe containing the petition from town to town.

In a clearing in the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, protesters chanted "No pipeline" as the last leg of the walk ended Saturday, with about 30 people marching through Dracut.

The high-pressure pipeline, which has been proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, would run from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut if it follows the route currently being considered.

Supporters say the pipeline would meet the demand for energy in New England, and they tout natural gas as a clean bridge fuel.

Detractors say the pipeline would destroy conservation land, infringe on the rights of property owners, and pose safety concerns for those living nearby.


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