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Several Southern N.H. Towns Vote To Oppose Natural Gas Pipeline

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Sam Evans-Brown
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NHPR

Many towns across the Southern border of the state took votes in opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would be built through 17 towns.

At least 8 of those towns were considering Non-binding resolutions against the pipeline, which serve to signal to state energy regulators that residents don’t want a project come through their town. Others, like Ringe and Winchester opted to deny representatives of Pipeline Developer Kinder-Morgan the right to survey town property. 

In Mason, both of those measures have been adopted. “It could be poking the giant with a stick, but I’d like to think of it more as a death by a thousand cuts kind of thing,” said Charles Moser, chair of the Mason board of selectmen, in an interview prior to the vote.

The proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline would stretch 71 miles across southern New Hampshire: from Winchester to Pelham.

It has been pitched as a solution to natural gas pipeline constraints that led to spikes in gas and electricity prices in the past two winters, but which were largely avoided this year.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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