People live in the pipeline’s path
To the Editor:
Imagine that you woke up one morning and your water was not fit to drink.
Imagine that the air in your house and neighborhood was dangerous to breathe.
You are in a familiar place, but now there is pollution all around you. You are still in southern New Hampshire, in your own small town, but everything has changed.
Imagine that you lived downwind of a 41,000-horsepower compressor station, part of the 71-mile North East Direct (NED) pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan. It is a huge operation that can release volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, toxic to humans and animals.
Not only are you downwind, but the town reservoir, the source of everyone’s drinking water, is only half a mile from the proposed station.
Imagine that the NED pipeline is built, and you live in Greenville, N.H.
The town center, where most of the 2300 residents live, is only a mile away from the proposed site.
Through no fault of your own, you and your family are exposed to toxic air and water. It is also noisy. The station’s routine operations involve "blow-downs" of from 20 minutes to two hours, which are as loud as a commercial jet taking off. Regular noise is like four diesel locomotive engines running 24/7.
You may ask: Why is this happening? Is it legal? And is it fair?
In our view, Kinder Morgan wants to make a profit by transporting natural gas, and as a multibillion-dollar corporation, they don’t care about who is in their path.
Whether it is legal depends on how well they can talk their way around the regulators and our elected officials.
And is it fair? NO!
Please call your elected representatives. Help stop the pipeline.
Denise Ginzler, Jim Giddings, Deb Spratt, Steve Spratt, Henri Vaillancourt, Richard Bickford, Kathleen Washburn, Cookie Shahmehri and Peg Viglione
Greenville Pipeline Resistance