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In Lebanon, Residents Rally Against Proposed Natural Gas Development

Britta Greene/NHPR

More than 100 people gathered on the Lebanon green Saturday to rally against a proposed natural gas development in town.

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal by Liberty Utilities to install a new gas facility and pipeline in Lebanon and Hanover. Residents held demonstrations along the proposed pipeline route Saturday morning before gathering downtown in the early afternoon.

Many attendees stressed environmental concerns, arguing that now is not the time to invest in fossil fuels.

"We really just need to focus on going renewable immediately rather than trying to do this stop-gap with the fracked gas," said Cori Hirai of West Lebanon.

The viability of Liberty Utilities’ proposal will likely hinge on the company’s ability to find a strong customer base in the area. To that end, opponents have celebrated recent commitments by the City of Lebanon and Town of Hanover to prioritize renewable fuels. 

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