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Jun 20, 2015 2:14 PM

Amherst sends letter to federal prospectors: Kinder-Morgan proposed pipeline doesn't help NH


AMHERST - Could Kinder-Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline that goes through 71 miles of southern N.H. benefit N.H.'s electricity demands?

The town of Amherst doesn't think so.

According to The Nashua Telegraph, Amherst wrote a 9-page letter to federal regulators stating if the pipeline is built, Massachusetts would be the primary beneficiary, not New Hampshire.

The letter goes into great detail about energy supplies, energy distribution, and argues that there is no proof the proposed pipeline will result in decreased power prices for New Hampshire.

The letter also provides information about electricity generation and usage by each state gathered from a data report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration from 2012, and revised version from 2014.

According to the article, the letter went on to say the data gathered from this report shows New Hampshire and four other New England states have a surplus of electricity and finds that Massachusetts has a deficit.

The article continues by quoting the letter stating "the proposed pipeline is a distraction from the capital improvements we need in our state to improve the reliability of energy supply for our residents and industries".

According to the Telegraph the letter is based on information gathered by Amherst's Pipeline Task Force and dated June 8. This letter was written on the same day Milford’s Pipeline Task Force presented Milford selectmen with a similar report stating there is not enough information provided for the need for the pipeline in N.H.

The Amherst letter was signed by Amherst selectmen and is going to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is also being mailed to state and local officials.


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