Kinder-Morgan (KMI-NYSE) has a proposed building a natural gas pipeline through 71 miles of Southern New Hampshire, taking land by eminent domain where necessary. It also plans to build a gas fired 40,000 HP compressor station in New Ipswich (along with others on the route) to move the gas across the hills, through wetlands, a Cross Country Ski Area and under lakes back to Massachusetts. On Friday concerned citizens in towns along the route delivered a petition to NH Governor Maggie Hassan.
The Temple Select Board and Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee sponsored a presentation by New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) at the Temple Town Hall on Nov 02, 2015.
The DES explained their permit process and answered questions from the public.
John Kieley of the Temple Ad-Hoc Committee
Slide presentation of health effects of a compressor station based upon studies done at Minisink, NY. This compressor station is only 1/4 the size of the one planned for New Ipswich.
Jun 2015 Harvard study
Volatile Organic Compounds and more
Members of the Department of Environmental Services explained the permitting process. Attentive audience
Taking notes Jim Coffey of New Ipswich asks a question Full house Wendy Juchnevics-Freeman who is on the New Ipswich Pipeline Advisory Committee. She asked the NH DES some pointed questions about emissions and blow-downs from compressor stations. The man standing behind her in a maroon striped shirt and glasses is a reporter from NHPR, Sam Evans-Brown. Temple Town Hall
I was unable to attend the Gate City Fall Festival and Parade in Nashua, NH on October 17, 2015. I was curious to see what type of float the New Ipswich Pipeline Resistance Group had constructed for the parade.
The group decided to create their own parade route on the day after the Nashua event. They drove along a route that circled the proposed location for the compressor station that will be located in New Ipswich. Here are my photos of the “parade”.
A large contingent of concerned citizens took to the streets on Labor Day to protest the construction of a proposed pipeline that will be located through 20 Southern New Hampshire towns including Milford. Extensive information about this project can be found on the websiteNHPipelineAwareness.org.
“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.
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.
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.
I noticed some sundew plants alone the shoreline in the spagnum moss
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.