New England tribes concerned about multi-state gas pipeline

An example of a ceremonial stone landscape. Photo by Larry Harrop / Facebook

Tribes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are working together to identify cultural sites along the route of a proposed gas pipeline.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the Mohegan Tribe and the Narragansett Tribe will look for ceremonial stone landscapes that are common in the region. They plan to submit a list to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of a review of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, The Greenfield Recorder reported.

“In the past there wasn’t enough time allocated to do this and cultural resources were destroyed, and in a lot of ways that’s against law,” Joe Graveline of the Northfield Historical Commission in Northfield, Massachusetts, told the paper. He said the tribes are concerned because a prior pipeline ended up destroying cultural sites.

The route of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline runs through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania. Some environmental and historic preservation groups are opposing it.

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Local tribes create team to document ceremonial sites near pipeline path (The Greenfield Recorder 11/12)