Residents packed into a special meeting on Kinder Morgan's new proposed pipeline route.

Oct 8, 2015 9:22 PM

At forum, Merrimack residents tell Kinder Morgan, 'We don't want you here'

MERRIMACK - Residents packed into a special meeting to get a look at Kinder Morgan’s newest proposed route for a natural gas pipeline.

These residents are frustrated, many upset they showed up to the meeting to discuss one route, only to find out Kinder Morgan has a new version.

Residents and town councilors saw the new route for the first time at the meeting.

The previous route mostly ran along Continental Boulevard. The latest takes a hard turn south then runs north along the Everett Turnpike.

According to Kinder Morgan, the latest proposal is based on comments and concerns they’ve received from the public, and say this option would have a lesser impact.

Residents, and some councilors disagree. They are upset with the proximity to other homes, businesses, the town’s aquifer, and historic landmarks.

Many residents picking up on a comment made by one of the Kinder Morgan representatives, when talking about the process he said, “We’re not ramming this project down your throats.”

“That’s kind of funny, because may I respectfully submit that you are in fact, ramming this pipeline down the throat of the town of Merrimack,” said Wendy Thomas, a Merrimack resident.

Kinder Morgan says this new route is favored by Simon Malls and Fidelity Investments who will still be impacted. Residents and some counselors are upset this could affect property owners who, before now, may not have thought this was a concern, just about a week before the comment period with regulators ends.

The fourth quarter filing is expected to happen in the next several months.


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