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Pipeline Protesters Deliver Petition to N.H. Statehouse

Activists opposing a plan to build a major natural gas pipeline through Southern New Hampshire delivered a petition of more than 10,000 signatures to Governor Hassan Friday.

Before streaming inside to deliver the petition, pipeline opponents gathered in front of the statehouse to talk about what they didn't like about the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, or NED.

Maryann Harper lives in Rindge and says their opposition can't be defined as a "NIMBY" issue.

"You'll find it was coined in the 1980s and basically means that a group wants something or recognizes the need for something, and they just don't want it located or sited near them. Well guess what, we don't need NED and we don't want it anywhere!"

The need for additional natural gas pipelines has been identified by the New England Independent System operator, which manages the region's electric grid, as well as various regional industry interest groups.

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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