Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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June 19, 2014

Pipeline workers told 'cease and desist;' Aggressive tactics lead to order, demand for meeting

Aggressive tactics lead to order, demand for meeting

A proposal to put a gas pipeline through Andover has met with resistance from residents and Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski, who last week issued an order that the gas company stay out of town.

Stapczynski said he was tired of getting complaints from residents living near Fish Brook and the Tewksbury border about representatives of Tennessee Gas knocking on their doors asking to survey their properties.

“It has been brought to my attention by a number of residents that they have received numerous letters, harassing telephone calls and door-to-door intrusions,” Stapczynski wrote in a letter that he copied to five officials from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.

He said the pipeline company workers visiting homes in the area are requesting that residents “consent in writing to allow your company to access their property as part of your pipeline project.”

“Please let this letter serve as official notice that you are to cease and desist from any such activity in Andover until such time as the appropriate project representatives have appeared before the Board of Selectmen to discuss the project,” he said.

Stapczynski said he is “notifying the Andover police chief that such tactics and behavior from your representatives will not be tolerated.”

He finished by saying, “I demand that a meeting be held as soon as possible and relevant information regarding the project be provided to the town.”

A meeting is tentatively scheduled for next month, Stapczynski said during a selectmen’s meeting Monday night.

Richard Wheatley of Kinder Morgan, the company that owns Tennessee Gas, said it was in receipt of the letter and was working with the town to set up a meeting.

He said the gas company workers are going around the area in advance of a gas pipeline being built to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania and New York to New England.

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