by Scott Jackson, Extension Associate Professor, Bethany Bradley, Assistant Professor, Thomas Cairns, MS Candidate, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The authors created this assessment by utilizing a compilation of twenty available inventories of natural resources and environmental resources in Massachusetts, from state and UMass Amherst sources. These inventories were mapped against the mainline route of the proposed pipeline and then the proportion of affected resources was compared to the availability of the particular resource countywide and statewide. This method resulted in identification of key resources most likely to be impacted by the pipeline. Volume One covers the mainline of the pipeline and is provided for download here as Edition 2, May, 2015, which includes several corrections made to first edition. Volume Two (forthcoming) will cover the spurs.