The following is from a Nashua Telegraph paywall article:
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte came out against the controversial Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline during a conference call on Tuesday, saying there remain too many unanswered questions about the project.
The Nashua Republican said unless a series of basic questions are addressed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, she could not support the roughly 419-mile pipeline, about 78 miles of which are in New Hampshire, moving forward. Ayotte was critical of the federal agency for not directly answering inquiries regarding any possible threshold determination related to public need and a proper review of all natural gas projects in the region.
She also asked how FERC plans to take into account public comments from New Hampshire residents about the project, including safety concerns, and the role of the Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration, which establishes national policy and sets standards for the industry.
Constituents have raised real concerns about this, and “these are very important, legitimate questions that should be answered,” said Ayotte, who is up for re-election next year and is anticipating a high-profile race against current Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat.
“And in my view, unless and until these questions … are sufficiently answered and the concerns of local residents are meaningfully addressed, I oppose this project going forward,” she said.
Now if Senator Ayotte could put her weight behind legislation that would fix Obamacare instead of just repealing it, she might have a long and prosperous future (our opinion).