Government Letters Opposing the Proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

construction_312/11/2015 – Letter from Congresswoman Kuster

Why I Oppose the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

As the Federal representative for 15 of the 17 New Hampshire towns located along the route of the NED pipeline, I have concluded that this project does not provide sufficient benefits to New Hampshire families and businesses to justify the disruption and long-term negative impacts to our communities. In the coming weeks, I will be filing my opposition to the project with FERC, urging the agency to deny the issuance of a permit for the NED project.”  Read more …

12/2/2015 – Letter from Senator Ayotte

Ayotte Outlines Opposition to Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline

As you know, I have joined members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation in repeatedly pushing federal regulators and Kinder Morgan to provide answers to questions that you and other residents have raised regarding the proposed pipeline – particularly questions regarding the threshold need for this project, the safety concerns involved, and potential interactions with other projects, as well as the potentially significant impact on local communities.

It is disappointing that despite requests from both the delegation and local residents, FERC and the DOE Inspector General have thus far failed to provide meaningful answers to these concerns, let alone provide assurance that they will take them into account. These are important questions and New Hampshire residents deserve substantive answers. Unless and until these questions are sufficiently answered and the concerns of local residents are meaningfully addressed, I oppose this project going forward.”  Read more …

9/15/2014 – Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Dear Mr. Fore:
I write on behalf of the Forest Society to express our concern with a proposal your company has advanced that targets conservation land in New Hampshire for a new gas pipeline. Specifically, your proposal, as we understand it, would bisect the 2000 acres of conservation land permanently protected by the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, New Hampshire and would also cross other privately owned lands in New Hampshire protected by perpetual conservation easements. One goal of permanent land conservation is to prevent uses of the land that would adversely affect the intrinsic natural systems located on and within the land. Another is to protect the land from disturbances that could (short or long term) adversely affect the integrity of wildlife habitats on and in the land. Very often permanently conserved lands are also conserved to establish connectivity to other proximate lands that also protect natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat. The Forest Society is also greatly concerned with forest fragmentation, particularly of large blocks of forested land like Beaver Brook in Hollis.
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8/26/2014 – Letter from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Dear Mr. Fore;
It has come to my attention that your company is proposing a significant natural gas pipeline expansion in the Northeast, parts of which are proposed to go through the town of Hollis in southern New Hampshire. The town of Hollis contains significant areas of highest ranked habitat in the state as identified in our Wildlife Action Plan, several records of rare species, and a
considerable amount of conservation land that supports both. I strongly urge you to reach out to us early on in the planning process so we can work together to minimize impacts on these important public resources.
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8/21/2014
I agree with Senator Gilmour’s assessment of the situation. And thank your group for all your efforts and the homework you have done to understand the issues. I will follow the wishes of the community as your representative and believe the selectmen are taking a pro-active approach to this by following the advice of their attorneys and gathering data about the town. I have been following the Beaver Brook course of action, especially the request to the state Attorney General to contact the federal government about conservation land.

I had the opportunity to speak with one of the senators on the State Energy Policy proposal and he said we needed more natural gas capacity to cover winter shortages. However, when I told him about how the company had attempted to come into Hollis and didn’t even notify the selectmen, he was disturbed about the tactics used that were inappropriate. I also explained it was difficult to get any response and information from them.

I see that Beaver Brook’s approach is to offer alternate routes because of the history of FERC’s plans being accepted 90% of the time. I wonder, but am not optimistic, that Kinder Morgan is listening to what is happening here. I am most anxious to see their application to FERC.

Thank you for all your work.

Rep. Carolyn Gargasz
NH Representative Carolyn Gargasz

8/15/2014
Dear Rob, and Hollis, Brookline Residents,

Thank you for your ongoing concern for our communities, our environment, and our quality of life. As a resident of Hollis, I share many, if not all, of the concerns you have raised by the possibility of the natural gas pipeline Kinder Morgan has proposed to route through our towns. I have stated publically and frequently my opposition to this project as proposed. I believe that it violates many sound policy principals, and many of the values that NH residents hold dear.

Out of the gate, the idea that a for profit company could take land held in trust by conservation easements, secured by the raising of private funds, is outrageous. And, it flies in the face of well-balanced environmental policy. Beyond the issue of conservation land, the potential for leaks, contamination, and habitat disruption has not been appropriately thought-through and no adequate mitigation plan…financial or ecological…has been offered.

Adding insult, it is clear that we, the ratepayers, will bear a significant financial burden for the project without appropriate offsetting savings or benefits.

It is also clear that we, as a state and as a nation, have not maximized the use of energy conservation efforts that would result in a reduction of our dependence on the energy sources we currently use. While I am not opposed to increased generation for our region as part of a balanced energy plan, an increased emphasis on efficiency should be the cornerstone of addressing our long range needs in New Hampshire.

As we know, the issue of eminent domain for a gas pipeline is under the purview of the Federal Government. Therefore, your local state officials have no jurisdiction in the matter. We can, however, carry our voice to our Federal elected representatives, and to executive branch leadership, the Governor, and others, and I can assure you that I have done that.

The town of Hollis has set forth a process that will position us to be a credible intervener. I would encourage Brookline to adopt a formal strategy as well. I do believe that beyond the issue of route, the towns should address the question of overall need for the region as they prepare their case. Local, along with elected officials, bringing this forward in a legal fashion will add potential weight to the objections.

Thank you again for your involvement, and your commitment to our towns.

Peggy
NH Senator Peggy Gilmour

8/13/2014
Rob,

Thank you for your letter. I have also sent one to the Governor and will work on talking with our Congresswoman and Senators.
Please let me know if there in any other way I can be off assistance.
I am in agreement with you and support your efforts.

Sincerely,

Melanie Levesque
NH Representative Melanie Levesque

8/12/2014 – Letter from Lisa English, Director, Charitable Trust Unit
Dear Mr. Fore:
I write in regard to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion Project. As I understand the plan, the proposed path of the lateral spur into New Hampshire cuts across large tracts of land protecd by conservation easements. As the Direct or Charitable Trusts, my reiwe is require for modification sot conservations easements.

As you are likely aware, there is a strong public policy in New Hampshire in favor of the use of conservation easements as a land protection tool. Conservation easements are often placed on land that has been identified as having significant and/or unique conservation or history value. These lands constitute charitable trusts that exist for the benefit of the public. Read more …

8/9/2014
Rob
You may not know it but most of us are already working to stop this pipeline and preparing legislation to give towns more power in the decision making process. I don’t think public statements do much more than look and sound good but, in my opinion, is just politics and does nothing. Action speaks louder than empty words.

Jim Belanger
NH Representative Jim Belanger

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