NORTH READING — The Selectmen are in the process of scheduling a meeting with representatives of Kinder Morgan, the company planning a natural gas pipeline going through town, in May, possibly on May 18.

North Reading is one of numerous communities affected by Kinder Morgan’s plans for a lateral gas pipeline from Dracut to Lynnfield. The purpose of the meeting with local Selectmen would be for Kinder Morgan to respond to a letter sent by the Board in mid–March refusing permission for the company to survey on town land for the pipeline route.  Invitations to the meeting will also be extended to the town’s state and federal legislators. Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto said the federal legislators may send staff members to represent them at the meeting, when it is held.

T.A. Gilleberto said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is in the process of scheduling scoping sessions for the pipeline route in late May or June. 

Selectman Stephen O’Leary said it’s the board’s desire to find out where the federal legislators stand on the pipeline proposal and what they can do to assist the town with FERC.

When the date for the meeting with Kinder Morgan is determined, it will be reported in the Transcript.