NH1 News Investigates Incineration Zone: Meeting gets heated in Nashua over Kinder Morgan pipeline
NASHUA - Hundreds of people spoke their minds Wednesday night in Nashua. It was all centered on the proposed natural gas pipeline. One that could run right through the Granite State and majorly impact many who live in its proposed path.
Outside opponents telling Kinder Morgan, "Not in my backyard." Inside people took to the podium to speak out.
About 600 people packed into the ballroom of the Nashua Radisson Hotel. Some of them signing up so they can tell representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exactly what they think.
Many who opposite it and with NH1 News. Stephanie Scherr of Fitzwilliam said, "They are driving something that we not only do not need but we do not want it. It's for export and t's not for New Hampshire. It's a bad deal for us."
FERC will ultimately determine if the Kinder Morgan pipeline goes on. The commission wants this feedback to determine the impact the pipeline would have on the environment.
Some we spoke with say this is all about money. Rachel Branch of North Adams, Massachusetts said, "I do totally believe this is about greed. I don't think any of the natural gas they're talking about is needed. I think we need renewable energy, solar energy, sustainable energy, energy efficiency."
A spokersperson for Kinder Morgan says these meetings are here for people to say what's on their mind, and that's an important part of the entire process. Tiffany Eddy of Kinder Morgan said, "Kinder Morgan is committed to an open and transparent process and hearing from residents and answering their questions."
Others say Kinder Morgan didn't think people in rural areas wouldn't speak up for themselves.
Betty Anders of Rindge said, "They're going through lower population areas where they thought we wouldn't even notice, and I think they're finding a big surprise." Her husband Mike Anders added, "The town of Rindge doesn't have the resources to build underground pipeline infrastructure."