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Anti-Pipeline Group Raising Concerns About Project In Merrimack, Greenville

Credit Kinder Morgan / http://www.kindermorgan.com/content/docs/TGP_Northeast_Energy_Direct_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in Southern New Hampshire are set to go before the town council in Merrimack Thursday night.

Debra Huffman is a Merrimack resident, and says the group's goal is to raise awareness of the potential impact of the project on the town.

"Many, many residents in Merrimack don't even know this pipeline is coming and they don't even understand what this pipeline is," she said. "It's very different from a distribution line that they might be used to. This is a transmission line, which is a very different sort of installation."

Texas-based Kinder Morgan has proposed the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline in response to spiking natural gas prices during recent winters.

It was originally proposed for Northern Massachusetts, but due to push-back in the Bay State it was relocated to Southern New Hampshire, largely along a power line right of way.

New Hampshire Pipeline Awareness, a group opposed to the project, says it would cut a path through two pieces of town-owned conservation land in Merrimack.

The group is also planning a rally in Greenville this weekend, where it says town officials met privately with officials from Kinder Morgan.

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