GeoInsight to Evaluate NED Impact on Turners Falls Water Supply

February 11, 2016

The Turners Falls Massachusetts Water Department recently retained GeoInsight Hydrogeologist David G. Harwood, P.G. to evaluate the potential impact from the planned Northeast Energy Direct (NED) gas pipeline may have on their aquifer and the municipal wellhead protection area.


Mr. Harwood will review impact studies and information provided by Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Co. (TGPC), who plans to build a pipeline through Montague and seven other Massachusetts towns. Mr. Harwood  was retained  to map the proposed project’s relation to the town’s municipal wellhead protection area, and assess potential impact on the water supply. One potential concern of the Turners Falls Water Department is with TGP plans for “horizontal drilling” and, in particular, the lubricants used in the process of drilling and pipe pulling.


The NED project extends through seven northeast states including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and Pennsylvania.


Massachusetts communities that may be impacted


Berkshire County

  • Lenox

  • Lanesborough

  • Cheshire

  • Dalton

  • Hinsdale

  • Peru

  • Windsor


Hampshire County

  • Plainfield


Franklin County

  • Ashfield

  • Conway

  • Shelburne

  • Deerfield

  • Montague

  • Erving

  • Northfield

  • Warwick


Worcester County

  • Lunenburg


Middlesex County

  • Townsend

  • Dracut

  • North Reading

  • Reading

  • Tewksbury

  • Wilmington


Essex County

  • Andover

  • Lynnfield

  • Middleton

  • Peabody

  • Danvers

  • Methuen


New Hampshire communities that may be impacted

Cheshire County

  • Winchester

  • Richmond

  • Troy

  • Fitzwilliam

  • Rindge


Hillsborough County

  • New Ipswich

  • Greenville

  • Mason

  • Milford

  • Brookline

  • Amherst

  • Merrimack

  • Litchfield

  • Pelham

  • Hollis

Rockingham County

  • Londonderry

  • Hudson

  • Windham

  • Salem


Connecticut communities that may be impacted

  • West Hartford

  • Bloomfield


Get in touch

GeoInsight has locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine and provides services to all of the counties affected by the pipeline. For more information about this project, please contact Dave Harwood, P.G. at 978.679.1600 or email him at