Sharing remarks from meeting
To the Editor:
It is certain that you and your staff are aware of the overflow turnout at the Milford Town Hall this past Thursday night. Additionally, I am also certain you or your staff have a good census of people’s views. I myself also attended this meeting remaining until all the chairs were put away about 1 a.m. Friday morning. The Federal Energy Resources Commission did an excellent job of running out the clock, controlling who got a chance to speak and when – as they are creatures of Kinder Morgan.
I was heartened by the words of David Wheeler, of our executive council, he gave an excellent extemporaneous speech.
Also I want to say that my own home is NOT threatened by the pipeline. But I know others are.
I was hoping, to share remarks of my own, that I was unable to deliver except to an audience of 15 people, after midnight. I believe they have merit. I hope you agree.
My first comment is that I cannot give it my consent for I have not been sufficiently advised of either the merits or the liabilities and most importantly of the hazards of the pipeline project.
Further I love living here in the Souhegan Valley, because for more than 30 years now it has been my home. I value personally it’s landscape of woodlands, brooks and streams and trees, beside our small town commons. Sometimes just the purity of our sunshine is better than the mona lisa’s smile. I also like how we manage ourselves. How good it is when our communities recognize a problem and form a committee. And how over many months these citizens dig into the problem, with common sense, finding the facts and comes back and give us advice on both the good and the bad. So I ask myself what is so different about our Kinder Morgan Pipeline problem? The answer is that somehow we are being told we are no longer in control of what happens in our towns. These Town of the Souhegan Valley here in Southern New Hampshire.
In my mind I ask, when did I surrender, and when did the people of the Souhegan Valley surrender their rights of self-government to the interests of a criminal corporation’s profit. Profit which we know is to be extracted from the property, the hard work, the saving of the peoples of this the Souhegan Valley.
When was it that a permission to comment, replaced our inalienable right of self-government. Never is the answer never not ever. So somehow somewhere a subversion a theft of our Liberty is being attempted. The issue here is more than on the merits of this unneeded unnecessary gargantuan potentially catastrophic pipeline.
What I think we should be considering here is the future of our liberty to govern ourselves in the Souhegan Valley. We vote to build roads and schools and municipal water and sewer yet are unable to vote for a potentially catastrophic incendiary device passing through the heart of friends and neighbors property.
What are the forces arrayed against us attempting to divert us from our traditional civil right of self-government and self-determination. What is going on?
FERC asks for our comments but not our consent. Why is the pipeline here. What is the history of the pipeline? Whose idea was this pipeline? Where are the minutes of every meeting between Kinder Morgan and officials of the FERC. Does a simple Hazard analysis exist and why have we not been informed of the results so we can make our own judgments in a quantifiable and certain manner.
I repeat the Federal Energy Management Commission should be asking for our consent not our comments. They need our permission, our consent. As we are seeing here a comment is something to be ignored, a public relations issue to be dealt with by simple functionaries. For indeed we are being ignored otherwise FERC would be telling us why the pipeline is a good idea. In detail, not sales pitches. And then asking for our consent. Instead we are being told that everything already has been decided away down in Washington. Everything is okay without the facts which allows us as adult citizens to decide collectively for ourselves. Even more infuriating is that the carrot we are being offered is that if we are nice and polite maybe the route will be changed. However the pipeline remains and still will go through. We will have the pipeline Kinder Morgan says, No matter what. The rights of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners are shown by these actions to be greater than the rights of the citizens of Milford, New Hampshire here assembled, the people of the Souhegan Valley and by extension the people of the state of New Hampshire.
We are being treated not as adults with rights but as minor children who are only allowed to speak when granted permission. Evidently FERC using the power of the federal government finds it more important to ensure that Richard D. Kinder, formally of the criminal corporation Enron need an addition to his 11,000 million dollar retirement fund.
I close with the following proposal:
Citizens of Milford I propose a motion be placed on the floor for debate and passage. I propose this motion pursuant to New Hampshire Statue Section 31:5. I propose that the motion read that a special emergency meeting be held no later than October 1, 2015, to discuss the merits and liabilities of the North East Direct Pipeline Project’s passage through the town of Milford NH. Information presented to the voters of New Hampshire shall be made publicly available. Information shall include: Hazard Level at along each section of pipeline. For each section of pipeline quantitative information be made publicly available such that others independently are able to judge the basis and methods used determine such hazard levels. Further Fees paid by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners One Allen Center of Houston Texas and or Kinder Morgan, Inc KMI no address available to the Federal Energy Management Commission also be made publicly available.