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
The UUCM Council