Pipeline officially ditched

Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline project is now officially canceled.

In April, the giant gas company, through its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., asked federal regulators to stop considering the proposal until it received a status report due May 26. This week, the company withdrew its application.

Kinder Morgan said the project was not economical, citing "inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers."

The 188-mile Northeast Energy Direct project, with its 30-inch gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Dracut, Mass., would have run through about 17 New Hampshire towns, including Amherst, Brookline and Milford, and sparked intense local opposition since it was proposed late in 2014.

KATHY CLEVELAND