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Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators' Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline

The city of Boston will appeal a decision by federal energy regulators to allow a controversial pipeline through West Roxbury to move forward, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Wednesday.

Last week, regulators rejected complaints from neighbors and other pipeline opponents, many of whom expressed concerns about how close the pipeline passes to a West Roxbury quarry, where workers blast rocks with dynamite.

As WBUR's Bruce Gellerman previously reported, the construction of the 5-mile-long natural gas pipeline through West Roxbury and Dedham has been a major point of contention between residents, environmental advocates and energy companies.

"Mayor Walsh continues to be committed to fighting for the best interests and safety of the residents of West Roxbury and today, the City of Boston, along with our partners at the federal, state and local level, made the decision to appeal the denial of the Request for a Rehearing in federal court," spokeswoman Bonnie McGilpin said in a statement.

The Walsh administration said it will file the appeal by the end of next month.


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