As Kinder Morgan pulls plug on pipeline, NH residents rejoice
PELHAM - Kaela Law of Pelham is one of thousands of homeowners breathing a sigh a relief, as Kinder Morgan announced that it is suspending its proposed natural gas pipeline.
“I was relieved when I heard,” Law said.
Citing an “inadequate capacity of commitments from prospective customers”, Kinder Morgan released a statement explaining their decision to pull the plug on the plans.
“We are overjoyed, it has been a long, long fight,” said Elisa Benincaso of the New Hampshire Pipeline Awareness Network.
For close to a year, thousands of residents attended informational meetings to learn more about the project and voice their concerns and opposition, many having questions about the possible health and environmental effects, and people like Law, were worried about the company being able to take their land through eminent domain.
“I don’t think that a private company can come in and say ‘Your property, it’s ours now,’ so I was really opposed to that,” Law said.
The Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline was billed by Kinder Morgan as a job creator for New Hampshire residents, and promised lower energy bills for consumers.
“We are absolutely elated, we feel like David slew Goliath,” Benincaso said.
Law says if there’s any silver lining to this whole ordeal, it’s gotten people like herself interested in the future of energy efficiency.
“I felt like a weight had been lifted so that I could focus more now on what the next step for energy in New Hampshire and energy in New England is going to be,” Law said.