Sep 29, 2015 9:51 PM

Hundreds protest pipeline proposal at final scoping meeting

RINDGE- Hundreds of residents spoke out at the final Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC) scoping meeting Tuesday, on Kinder Morgan’ss 71-mile natural gas pipeline proposed to run through 17 New Hampshire communities.

Dozens are concerned for safety, others fear they could lose their homes and land to eminent domain.

Kinder Morgan said there is a need for the energy, and they’re promising lower electric rates.

“The burden of this pipeline and the pollution it will bring is not worth the so-called need,” said one woman protesting the proposal.

“What we’re applying for with the federal government, is a certificate of convenience and necessity showing that there is a need for public,” said Allen Fore, Vice President of Kinder Morgan.

The public at the meeting overwhelmingly objected the proposal.

A group of New Ipswich children known as the “Kidz of the Pipeline Resistance” took to the mic, led by an 11 year old boy.

“You are asking New Hampshire to sacrifice the health of the children for corporate greed,” said the boy.

Kinder Morgan maintains the pipeline would be safe. They’re seeing support from construction unions.

“We believe that there will be a huge local impact for our local construction workers in the area,” said Adam Lupino, Director of Policy for the Laborer’s Union NE.

The majority of residents at the meeting called on FERC to deny the project.

It is up to FERC to determine what the environmental impacts would be. Before Tuesday, they had received more than 5,600 comments on the proposal. They are a private company and have only denied one project.


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