Sep 23, 2014 12:39 AM
Hollis selectmen formally oppose pipeline
The town of Hollis is fiercely fighting a natural gas pipeline proposed to be built right through the town. Monday night the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to adopt a resolution that clearly articulates the town's strong opposition to a pipeline.
Selectman Mark LeDoux said, "This is live free or die. Sometimes paraphrased live, freeze and die. But it's not come steal my land."
One resident attending the meeting, Marilyn Learner, expressed her concerns. Learner said, "What the people in this generation in this time in Hollis want to do is preserve and pass on that legacy. This pipeline and this company don't give a hoot about that. Our job now is to pass on the legacy, and we'll fight to do that."
Texas based energy giant, Kinder Morgan, wants to build a gas pipeline through Hollis to route 101A. Many Hollis residents are concerned that portions of the proposed route go right through conservation areas in their community. Some say it will spoil the rural character of their town.
Only about a dozen people showed up at Monday night's board meeting. A small number compared to the 420 residents that attended a Saturday town hall meeting where a vote was taken. In a nearly unanimous vote, 419 voted against the pipeline. One resident voted in favor of the project.