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Democratic candidates say they oppose pipeline

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 01:04 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) All three Democratic candidates for governor say they oppose a plan to expand a natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts.

Steve Grossman, Donald Berwick and Martha Coakley said they couldn't support Kinder Morgan's proposed $3.75 billion natural gas pipeline, which would run about 250-miles from upstate New York to the town of Dracut along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border.

During a debate on WWLP-TV Wednesday, the three said they would push to expand the state's reliance on renewable energy, including solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey also oppose the project.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley has said the projected pipeline's route, size and capacity are still not finalized.

During the hour-long debate, the candidates were also quizzed on public safety, casinos and marijuana legalization.

The primary is Sept. 9

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