Nov 19, 2015 11:47 AM

Opponents of Kinder Morgan pipeline have new Massachusetts report on their side

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New Hampshire opponents of a natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan have a report issued by the Massachusetts Attorney General on their side.

According to the Union Leader, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey released a study commissioned by her office regarding the proposed pipeline that would extend through several towns in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

“This study demonstrates that we do not need increased gas capacity to meet electric reliability needs, and that electric ratepayers shouldn’t foot the bill for additional pipelines,” Healey said, in announcing that the 80-page analysis would be submitted immediately to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Kinder Morgan is expected to file its formal application with FERC on Friday for construction of the 30-inch interstate pipeline that would enter New England at the Massachusetts border with New York, span 80 miles across southern New Hampshire and dip back into Massachusetts to terminate at Dracut.

A Kinder Morgan spokesperson called the study “seriously flawed."

New Hampshire's Business and Industry Association also was critical of the report.

“Even if the Mass AG’s analysis is correct — that increased gas capacity is not needed to meet electric reliability needs — increased natural gas pipeline and electric transmission infrastructure is absolutely needed if New England ever hopes to achieve lower electric energy prices,” said BIA president Jim Roche.

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