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Sep 15, 2015 10:15 PM

NH1 News Investigates: Kinder Morgan pipeline has NH residents worried about safety


MILFORD – Dozens of people turned out this evening in Milford for yet another public meeting about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline.

It's a proposed 71-mile pipeline that would run through 17 communities in Southern New Hampshire.

Many people living there are very much worried about their safety, especially in lights of several major natural gas pipeline explosions and leaks just last year.

The other big concern for same families is losing their homes or big chunks of their property through eminent domain.

Tuesday's community forum was one of five in the last two weeks.

There’s been hundreds of public meetings in total.

And Tuesday, many residents once again, told NH1 News that they don’t want the project in our state.

Buddy Dougherty says the proposed pipeline “wraps right around my house.”

Needless to say, Dougherty has a vested interested in this proposed pipeline.

“It's about 100 feet from my pillow, 25 feet from my well,” Dougherty says.

He went on to say the pipeline would get rid of his shade trees.

Those trees, he says, keep his house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Dougherty, one of so many, is in the proposed pipeline's path.

Others saying there's always an alternative.

“Northern Pass is going to bring enough electricity down here that we don't need this pipeline at all,” says Jerry Amos of Hollis.

But Kinder Morgan says no.

They say it will bring jobs, help local economies, and give Granite Staters electricity at lower rates.

“It's affecting folks who have to pay their energy bills, which is almost everybody here in New Hampshire,” says Allen Fore of Kinder Morgan. “It's affecting businesses who want to grow or locate their businesses here in New Hampshire.”

But as for Dougherty, “I want it to go away. This has no use for us. None.”

There will be two more community forums for residents to ask questions this week.

One on Wednesday at Rockingham Park at 79 Rockingham Park Boulevard in Salem.

The other will be held on Thursday in Merrimack at the Merrimack American Legion at 43 Baboosic Lake Road in Merrimack.


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