FOREST SOCIETY POSITION:
“The Forest Society believes that it and other conservation organizations that own conservation lands or hold conservation easements directly impacted by the KM preferred corridor in New Hampshire have a public trust obligation to defend the conservation interests protected by their holdings. Further, we believe the State has an obligation to defend natural resources along the entire preferred corridor from avoidable degradation — particularly rivers, streams and high value wetland complexes.
To assure that these interests are addressed, the Forest Society will assess impacts of the project on our own lands and will share our assessment tools with other impacted conservation landowners. In addition, we will collaborate with partner organizations to assure that all natural resource impacts are fully understood and addressed. Finally, we will reserve the right to oppose the final project proposal Kinder-Morgan will submit to FERC later this year if we conclude that natural resources or conserved lands are unnecessarily degraded or if private property rights are not respected. ” Read more …
Sierra Club – NH Chapter:
“How does the NED pipeline contribute to the goal of energy diversity for New England?
New England is already generating over half of its electricity with natural gas.
Over the years, the argument for fuel diversity has been used to keep “the worst of the worst” coal burning facilities operational in New Hampshire. Now it seems the experts want to ignore fuel diversity as a goal and crown natural gas as the dominant fuel in the region.
- “The energy problems confronting New England….largely stem from a growing regional dependency on natural gas that has displaced many other fuels”, said Gordon van Welie, president and CEO of ISO-New England” during the July 2 Energy Meeting of public officials St Anselm College.
- “The initiative’s goal is to diversify the region’s fuel supply, stabilize the energy economy and above all, benefit ratepayers,” said Robert Scott, commissioner of the NHPUC at the same meeting. “The overriding criteria will be cost-effectiveness.”
 From the February 2013, ISO-NE report, “New England Regional Profile 2012-2013,” found at http://www.iso-ne.com/aboutiso/fin/annl_reports/2000/2014_reo.pdf“
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