Aug 14, 2015 1:44 PM
Governor weighs in on Kinder Morgan pipeline with federal regulators
CONCORD - Gov. Maggie Hassan has written a letter to federal regulators urging them to investigate alternative routes for the Northeast Direct Pipeline Project proposed by Kinder Morgan.
The plan calls for the pipeline to run through several communities in the southern part of the state, and many residents of the area have raised concerns.
In the letter, the governor requests that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company to closely review and respond to these concerns and consider potential alternative routes as they begin the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) process.
“I ask that FERC staff looks closely at the proposed route and consider all potential viable alternatives. The siting of energy transmission projects must strike a balance between potential benefits in reduced energy costs and potential negative impacts. We must work to ensure that the potential negative impacts of the proposed NED Project do not disproportionately outweigh the benefits, particularly for the residents and communities that would bear the burden of hosting the project,” the letter reads.