Feb 7, 2016 10:51 AM
Landowners opposed to Kinder Morgan pipeline deny surveyors access to their properties
About 75 percent of property owners are denying access to their land to surveyors connected to a controversial natural gas pipeline project.
According to the Union Leader, 627 of 836 property owners affected by the proposed pipeline have blocked surveyors working for Kinder Morgan from entering the land.
“It's one of the only powers I hold right now to deny them access to my property and they still come on it,” said Tyler Seppala of Rindge.
Seppala said he knows of three separates times surveyors have trespassed on his property, but pressing charges has been difficult.
Nancy Nye of Fitzwilliam also has denied access to her 2-acre property. The proposed underground pipeline would cut through her well and septic system on her property, so she would be losing her home, she said.
“It would leave me with nothing except the house and my driveway,” she said. “They are talking eminent domain. … I've been here over 50 years. I brought all my kids up here. It's home.”
The company has said it wants to work amicably with landowners and the use of eminent domain would be a last resort.
“We're continuing to work with landowners to obtain needed survey permissions and also access available data. The process continues," Kinder Morgan Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Richard Wheatley said.