Mor­gan: Restart Al­go­nquin pipe­line work

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — The top Repub­li­can in the Rhode Is­land House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is ask­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to rekin­dle a stalled pipe­line project that would bring more nat­u­ral gas to New Eng­land from shale fields in Penn­syl­va­nia and else­where.

House Mi­nor­ity Leader Pa­tri­cia Mor­gan said Mon­day she's sent a let­ter to the pres­i­dent ask­ing him to con­sider it as part of his in­fras­truc­ture plans.

Mor­gan says Rhode Is­land ratepay­ers need re­lief from ris­ing elec­tric­ity costs as more homes are con­verted to gas heat.

En­vi­ron­men­tal groups have op­posed the project to ex­pand the ca­pac­ity of Hous­ton-based Spec­tra En­ergy's Al­go­nquin pipe­line sys­tem, in part be­cause it de­liv­ers gas drawn by hy­draulic frac­tur­ing, or frack­ing. It's also been met with op­po­si­tion in New York's Hud­son Val­ley and other com­mu­ni­ties that the line runs be­neath.

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