March 9, 2015
Dear Mr. Hodges,
Thank you for signing the NH Pipeline Awareness petition regarding the timeline for Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project. Listening to my constituents is a fundamental part of my job as it helps me to best represent you and New Hampshire’s priorities in Congress.
I share your concerns regarding the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project, particularly now that the company is focused on their new proposed route that travels through many New Hampshire communities. As you may know, the proposed project would result in construction of a natural gas pipeline under and beside existing electric transmission lines in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. In order to proceed with this proposed project, Kinder Morgan must obtain a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and receive approval from the State of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee after a thorough review.
There is no doubt that demand for natural gas to heat homes and fuel existing power plants throughout New England is increasing, and that the available supply is greatly constrained by existing pipeline capacity. However, we have a strong history of local control in the Granite State and I agree with you that project developers must engage with impacted communities and seek support from area residents if they intend to move forward with such projects.
One of the fundamental principles of our democracy is allowing citizens to have a voice in issues of public policy, and I applaud your passionate engagement in this process. That is why on January 14, 2015, I joined with the entire New Hampshire congressional delegation in calling on FERC and Kinder Morgan to release more details about the project and the review timeline, and to extend that timeline to give Granite Staters time to fully understand the scope of this project. Please know that I will keep your thoughtful views in mind as I continue closely monitoring this important issue.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me. I strive to maintain an open dialogue with the people of New Hampshire about issues important to our district. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my Concord office at (603) 226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-5206. I also encourage you to visit my website at http://Kuster.house.gov, follow me on Twitter at @RepAnnieKuster, or check out my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanAnnieKuster.
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