Allison B. Porter ’89, Chair of the Board of Trustees, released the following statement on behalf of the Stoneleigh-Burnham community regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Direct Project:
Statement on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct Project
The Stoneleigh-Burnham School community includes day and boarding students in our care, our faculty, staff, and their families, and our neighbors in Greenfield and Franklin County. As we have followed the developing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, our key focus remains the health and well-being of our community.
Although the projected path of the pipeline, designed to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Dracut, Massachusetts, does not cross the Stoneleigh-Burnham campus, we support the concerns of our neighboring independent schools whose campuses are directly affected: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Deerfield Academy, and The Bement School.
As a non-profit organization committed to goals for environmental sustainability, we also recognize the environmental and economic impact of the project, and support state or federal investment in alternative and renewable energy resources.
We join in supporting the resolution passed by the Greenfield Town Council on August 20, 2014, and the intervenor petitions filed by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and State Representative Paul Mark, among many other area towns, organizations, and residents.
On behalf of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Community,
Allison B. Porter ’89
Chair, Board of Trustees