Milford church opposes pipeline

To the Editor:

Almost every religious tradition guides us to "Love your neighbor the same as yourself."

Our neighbors include those living next door or across the street, and also those connected to us by Northeast Energy Direct’s proposed 36" 1400 PSI underground pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Dracut, Mass.

This pipeline has been proposed by Kinder Mor­gan, the largest private pipeline company in the US, and Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a KM subsid­iary.

On Sunday, June 14, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Milford voted to oppose the pipe­line. Our resolution fol­lows:

"We, the members of the Unitarian Universal­ist Congregation in Mil­ford, New Hampshire, (UUCM) oppose the Northeast Direct pipe­line proposed by Kinder Morgan. The purpose of this pipeline is to trans­port natural gas obtained by hydrolic fracturing ("fracking") sites in Penn­sylvania to Dracut MA, passing through 18 New Hampshire townships on the way. We oppose this pipeline for the following reasons:

The construction of the pipeline in the proposed location will damage wetlands, streams, and forested areas; it will dis­rupt the habitat of many species. Watersheds and aquifers are likely to be polluted during con­struction, affecting the drinking water of many. The pipeline will invade and disturb conservation lands, preserved for de­cades in trust for future generations.

Homeowners and farm­ers along the route will find their properties harmed and devalued.

The fracking process by which the natural gas is obtained has led to envi­ronmental pollution and destruction in much of Pennsylvania.

The rights of some homeowners have been ignored and disrespected, and their health has suf­fered by proximity to the fracking operations.

Creating more infra­structure to transport natural gas will lead to expanded fracking op­erations, and thereby in­crease these instances of social injustice.

If this pipeline is built, it will result in greater amounts of fossil fuel shipped to business and exported to foreign mar­kets. The continued and increased use of fossil fuels as an energy source will lead to higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, a primary cause of cli­mate change. The frack­ing process by which nat­ural gas is obtained also affects climate change directly, due to the re­lease of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

For these reasons, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation voices our opposition to the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline."

Please join us in oppos­ing the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline, by attend­ing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s scoping meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in the Milford Town Hall. For more information, visit www.nhpipeline awareness.org.

REV. BARBARA MCKUSICK LISCORD

Minister

The UUCM Council

Milford