Oct 21, 2015 5:26 PM

Landrigan: Hassan, Executive Council hit road, run into town united in opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline


MASON - "I have grave concerns for my children living near a compressor station of this size. It is extremely emotional for me. I wanted her to know. We are real people and these are my real babies,’’ says Carolyn Cormier, a local resident and vocal pipeline opponent.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council bring state government to Mason and the people of this tiny, rural town speak loudly that they’re against the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline.

"They are selling Kool-Aid and they are hoping everybody drinks it and it’s not going to be good for people,’’ says Chris Bradler, playing the grim reaper, who now lives in nearby Temple.

The 71-mile route knives through Mason and activist leader Joe McGuire says this reality galvanized them.

"The town is very united on this,’’ McGuire says. ``We’re a small town and the great part of a small town is we’re all kind of into each other’s business a little bit.’’

Kinder Morgan says the project creates jobs, cuts fuel costs, brings gas to new towns and minimizes environmental damage.

"As part of our continuing stakeholder outreach program, under way since 2014 for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project, Tennessee Gas Pipeline has held more than 70 project presentations and open houses,’’ says Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s vice president of public affairs in a statement.

"We are always open to hearing the concerns of all stakeholders and engaging with towns, communities, landowners and other stakeholders in order to help bring clean natural gas and lower energy costs to New Hampshire, where residents pay some of the highest electric rates in the country."

Mark custodian Jeff Parker down as another skeptical resident.

"It’s of no benefit to us at all,’’ Parker says. ``As my friend Wally says the only benefit we’re going to get out of this is when it blows up.’’

Hassan urges residents to keep up the activism.

"The people here today did an excellent job expressing their concerns,’’ Hassan told NH1 News. "They have engaged incredibly effectively in the process and that has enabled me to take those concerns and communicate them.’’

"Gov. Hassan and the council couldn’t have been surprised at what was going to greet them. There were more anti-pipeline signs than there are people in the five miles leading up to the site."


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