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Farmers fear Brampton pipeline will harm agricultural land

08/17/2012 07:17 EDT | Updated 10/17/2012 05:12 EDT
Farmers in Brampton are worried a planned natural gas pipeline could harm their land.

Bruce Reed, who grows soybean on his property, says his crop will be ripped up by by construction crews any day now.

Digging for the pipeline has already started nearby.

Reed has farmed the land near MIssissauga Road for 40 years and he wants to keep on farming.

"Our biggest concern is that they put the land back the way they found it," he said.

The pipeline was approved by the National Energy Board so the city of Brampton says it has to accept the project.

But in order to build the line Trans-Canada Pipeline wants to cut down 500 trees, including some endangered Butternut hickory

Coun. Paul Palleschi wants to know how the trees will be replaced, before he votes to give the company a special permit.

"I find that because they are under the gun and they want to do it as quick as they can that they are trying to bypass [regulations]," said Palleschi.

He hopes to get the information by the next council meeting in September.

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