Jan 23, 2016 11:50 AM
NH officials upset about lack of response from federal regulators on gas pipeline plan
NASHUA - State and local officials are expressing dismay with federal officials reviewing the application for a natural gas pipeline proposed to cross through more than a dozen towns in the southern part of the state.
"I continue to be disappointed by the lack of response from FERC and the DOE Inspector General to important questions raised by local residents and members of the delegation,"U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., told The Telegraph of Nashua.
On Jan. 15 a coalition representing 40 communities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but has yet to receive a response to this or a previous letter raising issues with FERC's handling of the matter.
"Sen. [Jeanne] Shaheen has raised concerns about the FERC permitting process in the past, and believes that the serious questions and concerns raised by residents and stakeholders about the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct project must be addressed in a timely manner," a spokesperson for the senator said.
FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen said the agency isn't ignoring concerns from local officials.
"It is the policy of FERC not to comment on matters pending before the commission," she said.
A subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, a Texas-based energy company, is seeking federal approval to build a pipeline to bring natural gas from western Pennsylvania through New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The formal application was filed in November with FERC.
The pipeline would run 70 miles through New Hampshire.
The company says it hopes to start construction in January of 2017 and put the pipeline into service in November 2018.