Jan 5, 2015 8:49 PM

Milford public hearing held on proposed natural gas pipeline


MILFORD- More than 100 residents attended a meeting in Milford about a proposed natural gas pipeline that could affect 17 communities in New Hampshire.

Comments by Milford resident Carl Phillips gained the biggest reaction of the night as he challenged Kinder Morgan's proposal.

"The industry is here making claims about how it's going to have benefits locally when most of us are on trucked in propane," Phillips said.

Residents had concerns about the affect it would have on their property, but the biggest question was why has the route changed so many times already?
Allen Fore, VP of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan gave a presentation and answered questions about why the route has changed.

"So it's a variety of reasons we take into account during this public dialogue the input that's out there," Fore said.

Kinder Morgan says this is very early in the process. They will continue to hold public forums around the state these next few months. They maintain their work is safe and follows all federal guidelines.

Jennifer Schongar says she hopes they'll hold meetings in her hometown - one of the towns who would be impacted the most.

"I think there were a lot of questions that could have, very important ones that could have been asked but weren't because we ran out of time," Schongar said.

Kinder Morgan representatives expect the route will change again before they apply for permits in the fall. They will be holding an open house in Milford at the end of the month.


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