Pipeline going into neighborhoods

To the Editor:

In the past pipelines were being built in rural areas, not going through housing subdivisions and neighborhoods. As a result there were not as many safety concerns about loss of life, injury, or property damage. However, things have changed, and more and more pipelines are going through populated neighborhoods. As a result the affected town governments need to get involved to protect its citizens. A strong message to FERC needs to be sent that it is not acceptable to have a 30-36 inch pipeline going through neighborhoods and back yards. There are many families now finding out their home is in the “incineration Zone” in case of a pipe line accident.

Kinder Morgan has choices, but they have put it through subdivisions that include dead end streets, where the residents would be blocked from using the only available exit if necessary.

NH lives, homes and property matter. The fact that Kinder Morgan has shown total disregard to safety issues, puts more pressure on the Board of Selectman in all towns involved, to stay on top of this, and come out strong against routes that put their residents in harms way.

Accidents do happen, this is just one recent example.

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. natural gas pipeline near Fresno erupted in a fireball Friday afternoon (4/17/15) – injuring at least 11 people and temporarily closing down Highway 99 – after a tractor operator accidentally punctured the 12-inch line, authorities said. “ Eleven victims were transported to hospitals, where officials said four were in critical condition, two were in serious condition and the remainder suffered minor injuries.”

As the above illustrates, accidents do happen! This was a 12 inch pipe line. Kinder Morgan wants a 30-36 inch pipe line across Southern NH. We need to understand this impacts us all. It has been reported that this pipeline is just going along the power lines. Not true. Pipelines cannot go under power lines, due to a chance of a spark setting off an explosion. It must be moved to the side of power lines. It is going through neighborhoods across the state, and you could end up finding yourself in, or close to the Incineration zone. join your neighbors to help save homes, land, and life.

ALICE BURY

Amherst