DRACUT — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a letter to Kinder Morgan expressly prohibiting the company from surveying on public land or public ways in town.
Town Counsel Jim Hall said the letter represented a “strong statement” to the pipeline company that the town does not approve of its plan to build a natural-gas pipeline through Dracut, including a possible compressor station. But, Hall warned, it is unclear whether the ban on surveying on public roads would hold up in court.
He said the Texas-based company might not want to waste time sparring with the town over the language.
The letter was based on a similar document sent to Kinder Morgan by the town of North Reading on March 10.
Selectman Cathy Richardson said that at a recent meeting of the Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition representatives from North Reading relayed positive results from their letter.
“North Reading felt that since they sent this letter … they haven’t really had any problems with Kinder Morgan,” Richardson said.
Prior to the vote on the letter, Ed Nadolny, a member of the anti-pipeline Dracut Pipeline Awareness group, presented the board with a series of questions and suggestions regarding the proposed pipeline project.
The document ranged from questions about an evacuation plan in the event of a natural-gas explosion to suggestions to ensure homeowners who might be affected by the pipeline are properly compensated.
Nadolny also urged the board to proactively consider ways to block or at least mitigate the effects of a compressor station that Kinder Morgan would like to build in Dracut.
“They are loud, they are noisy, they create pollution of many types, they are dangerous, they are potentially a terrorist threat,” he said.
Also on Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone reminded the board that Wednesday high school seniors will elect representatives to shadow real elected officials in town and learn about municipal government.