In an interesting turn of events and much to the dismay of other boards, the New Ipswich Conservation Commission is taking a neutral stance on both the NED pipeline and compressor station proposal.
According to a Monadnock Ledger paywall article “Bob Boynton [chairman of the New Ipswich Conservation Commission] told the Select Board that the commission, which has not taken a stance on the pipeline, sees actively opposing the pipeline outside of its purview. Boynton compared it to the Conservation Commission voting in opposition to any other development that wanted to move into town, and suggested that such an act would create bias. ‘You have to separate your personal opinion from your role in town government,’ said Boynton.”
This stance is similar to the one taken by Amherst as described here. By cooperating, the Town of Amherst managed to “mitigate” the pipeline’s impact on Amherst, much to the dismay of the Town of Merrimack which is still in full opposition mode. While interesting, documenting that dispute is beyond the purview of the Gazette.
So what about the Town of Mason? The Mason Conservation Commission has taken the lead in opposing the pipeline(s), with the Board of Selectmen not far behind.
All or nothing approach might not end well for Mason?