No Pipeline Rally

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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.

These are a few of photos that were taken by Homer Shannon. The complete series can be seen on his website www.anythingbutawedding.com.

Anything But A Wedding! Photography by Homer Shannon: No Pipeline Rally - Concord NH &emdash; _1060777
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Anything But A Wedding! Photography by Homer Shannon: No Pipeline Rally - Concord NH &emdash; _1060790
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Anything But A Wedding! Photography by Homer Shannon: No Pipeline Rally - Concord NH &emdash; _1060841
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Anything But A Wedding! Photography by Homer Shannon: No Pipeline Rally - Concord NH &emdash; _1060986
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Anything But A Wedding! Photography by Homer Shannon: No Pipeline Rally - Concord NH &emdash; _1070038

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Temple DES Meeting

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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 John Kieley of the Temple Ad-Hoc Committee

Dennis Gauvin
Dennis Gauvin of New Ipswich presented a case study of the health effects caused by a 12,000 hp compressor station in Minisink, NY.  The proposed station for New Ipswich , NH is 40,000 hp ( 20-30 Megawatts).

slide show 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.

slides Jun 2015 Harvard study

slideshow Volatile Organic Compounds and more

DES Members of the Department of Environmental Services explained the permitting process.DES meeting Attentive audience

DES meeting Taking notesDES meeting Jim Coffey of New Ipswich asks a questionDES meeting Full houseWendy 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

Impromptu Anti-Pipeline Parade

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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”.

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My own private parade as the float heads up Route 45 in Temple, NH
Pipeline Protest Float
The float stops for photo ops near the Temple, NH Town Hall. Temple is not in the path of the pipeline but the Elementary School is within 1/2 mile of the proposed compressor site.
Death
Death greets the crowd, near a mock up fume belching compressor station
Stop the Pipeline
Stop the Pipeline
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Methane is a potent greenhouse gas… and it leaks
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Lucy Hutching and other folks are doing this for the protection of their children.
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Just in time for Halloween, we get the grim reaper.
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Big Energy has Big Money and lots of lawyers.
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Along the parade route these two cows were unimpressed.
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Big money and Death are best of buddies

Pipeline Protestors Big Money and Death are looking for supporters

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It was cold, time for warm up at the Short Stop in New Ipswich
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Big Money /Big Energy Man was a nice guy, gave me a few million to support this project.

Pipeline Protesters at the Milford Labor Day Parade

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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 website NHPipelineAwareness.org.

Milford Labor Day Parade
Kidz of Pipeline Resistance
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New Ipswich marchers
Labor Day Parade Marchers
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If the FERC has determined that there is a public need for the pipeline, they will grant the pipeline company a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” authorizing the construction and operation of the pipeline. This would include the taking of land by eminent domain.
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The general project description as recent as TGP/KM‘s Resource Report 1, July 2015 suggests the proposed project would involve the construction of 418 miles of pipeline. 
Pipeline protesters at Labor Day Parade
Float depicting some of the affected towns.

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
NO SURVEY
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.

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