Developers wanted to locate a high pressure gas pipeline through the Berkshires town of Richmond, Massachusetts to serve a gas-fired power plant in the city of Pittsfield. The pipeline would have dramatic adverse environmental and land use impacts on scenic roads, agricultural land, wells and septic systems, among other things. The Town Administrator approached BCK to ask for help in rerouting the pipeline.
BCK spearheaded a multi-pronged regulatory and judicial litigation effort that lasted many years. BCK helped marshal grassroots resources and local officials to present a case that effectively countered the huge resources brought to bear by the out of state developer of the generating plant.
The pipeline was rerouted completely out of the town. It ultimately made the route much shorter than the developers had originally planned, making it less expensive for the developer and preserving the land use and environmental values that Richmond prized. Client: Richmond, Massachusetts Date: 1989-1995 Service: Municipal Law, Energy Law, Land Use Law