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