Living in the Path of the Pipeline (Wapack Trail)

“Our state’s beautiful natural environment – from our Seacoast, lakes and rivers to our forests and our mountains – is an important part of why we all love and live in New Hampshire,” Former Governor John Lynch

I took a nice walk with a few of the members of the New Ipswich Photo Club to see some of the areas that will be impacted if the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline is approved by FERC in Autumn of 2015. These photos were taken on a small portion of the Wapack Trail that runs through Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in New Ipswich, NH.

Small Pond on the Wapack Trail
This small pond will be excavated for the pipeline construction. The pond  is located under the power lines through the trail. The pipeline is planned to be run in parallel with transmissions lines whenever possible ,  a practice called collocation. However this presents certain problems due to induced currents from Alternating Current. A buffer zone is required  between the lines and the pipe. At that location the pipeline will cross under the lines.
Restful Spot
Not far from the small pond is a larger pond with a wonderful view of Barrett Mountain. We tried to get a photo of the beaver swimming across but he eluded us.
Drosera rotundfolia
I noticed some sundew plants alone the shoreline in the spagnum moss
Lady's Slipper
Lady slippers are a common sight in June in the forest
Many of the homeowners in the path have posted their land. In some instances the surveyors have ignored these.

Kinder Morgan has launched a $70,000 WMUR advertising campaign promoting the pipeline. I noted that the comment section has been disabled on this YouTube video. Guess they don’t want any feedback.

Read about the true cost of natural gas at
The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food


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