Energy independence used to mean not being reliant on foreign oil. Today it means independence from large corporations trying to control our fate for their own personal gain.
For the past year, southern NH has been plagued with the threat of a natural gas pipeline from Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. This pipeline would invade our conservation lands, personal property and NH way of life. Although NH is a net exporter of energy, much of the gas would go back to Massachusetts, as Liberty Utilities, partially owned by Kinder Morgan, finds new customers. This pipeline will traverse 17 towns, most of which cannot use the natural gas
We have heard that businesses are asking for the gas, yet some businesses such as Yankee Publishing Inc. in Dublin NH, are investing in solar energy. Other companies are looking to energy efficiency experts to help reduce costs.
There is no doubt that we need energy. NH citizens need to determine what type of energy we will support. Do we want to invest in renewables? Is a well-placed wind turbine less acceptable than a pipeline that will intrude upon 17 towns in southern NH? Is there an acceptable solution to The Northern Pass, which will carry renewable hydroelectric power? Here is an article that was shared with me about an alternative technology manufactured by the ABB Group that would allow for underground electricity transmission system at low cost and minimal intrusion: http://new.abb.com/systems/hvdc
As we can attest, when we say no to everything we open the door for companies with louder voices and deeper pockets to decide the future of our energy strategy.
For more information on pipeline concerns – http://nhpipelineawareness.org/
Hon. Melanie Levesque
Former Democratic Assistant to the Majority Leader