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    Comment of Phoebe Bushway in Docket(s)/Project(s) PF14-22. Submission Date: 2/25/2015


    Phoebe Bushway, Plainfield, MA. Phoebe Westwood Bushway Residence: 224 West St. Plainfield, MA 01070 Mailing: 224 West St. Cummington MA 01026February 17, 2015Re: Docket # PF14-22-000Dear FERC.At the recent open house Tennessee Gas Pipeline and KinderMorgan held at Berkshire Communit y College in Pittsfield, MA I observed maps of the proposed pipeline through Windsor and Pl ainfield MA. Please be aware that this pipeline route would cross at least two cemeteries i n Plainfield, come in close proximity to drinking water supplies, and pose a threat to nume rous plant and animal species. West St. Cemetery c. 1829 is located about 150 feet from the intersection of West St. and W indsor Bush Rd. in Plainfield. The pipeline map shows this area being within the pipeline r oute. Also within the pipeline route and adjacent to the West St. Cemetery is wetlands. The Hilltop Cemetery is closer to the center of Plainfield and is adjacent on the north sid e, to the existing power line. I understand this cemetery is the only \200\230open\200 \231 cemetery in town. Our household and drinking water supply is from a natural spring approximately 100 feet fro m the edge of West St. I am concerned that water, soil and air pollutants from the pipeline and pipeline construction, proposed within several hundred feet of our spring, would negat ively affect the quality of our water. On our property in Plainfield and Windsor we tend and harvest wild low bush cranberries and upwards of 40 wild high bush blueberries, as well as wild blackberries. We also tend and h arvest cultivated raspberries, apples and peaches as well as a large vegetable garden. I am concerned that air, soil and water pollutants from the pipeline and pipeline construction would negatively impact the growing of these native species and the cultivated plants we us e to feed ourselves throughout the year. Our neighbors to the south also have a large garde n and grow grapes. There are a number of threatened plant species including the pink lady slipper, wild pink a zalea and wild cotton that grown close to the proposed pipeline that would be further threa tened with construction of a gas pipeline. In addition, there is an increasing threat to amphibians and reptiles in particular painted turtles and frogs. The construction of a gas pipeline through this relatively undisturbed part of the Commonwealth would be a further threat to numerous animal and plant species an d interfere with a wildlife corridor through this area. There is in addition a Bog in close proximity \200\223 afew hundred feet (north) of the proposed pipeline off of West St., ow ned by Massachusetts Audubon Society. Construction of any sort anywhere near this ancient b og would have negative consequences to the native threatened species that live in and near there. It is my advice to stop construction of a gas pipeline through the Commonwealth and instead use resources to harness the free power of the sun to produce electricity and other energy needs. If a pipeline must be built it should be buil