Since Kinder Morgan announced a change in December 2014 to the route of it’s proposed NED pipeline that included approximately 71 miles through New Hampshire and about four miles through Amherst , the Amherst Board of Selectmen has been gathering information about the pipeline proposal. Thanks to several months of working with the Amherst Conservation Commission (ACC) and with the assistance of the Amherst Pipeline Task Force, the Selectmen have gained a better understanding of the issues related to the proposed pipeline.
Reflecting our improved understanding, the Selectmen sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March of 2015 objecting to the route proposed through Amherst. These objections drew heavily on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment prepared by the ACC. Based on our letter, Kinder Morgan is working with the Pipeline Task Force to try and find a less intrusive and disruptive route through Amherst, should the NED pipeline pass through the town.
In June, 2015, the Selectmen sent a second letter to the FERC questioning the need for the NED pipeline — especially the need in New Hampshire — and also questioning the legal basis for moving ~71 miles of the proposed route for this pipeline from Massachusetts, which may need the gas to be supplied by this pipeline, to New Hampshire, which does not appear to need it.
Because of the possibility that other New England states, e.g. Massachusetts, may need the gas to be supplied by the proposed pipeline, the Amherst Selectmen have not taken a position for or against the pipeline itself.
We will continue to gather information, meet with Kinder Morgan, with other towns, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, our State representatives and also our Federal representatives to try and understand what options exist and to make sure that if a pipeline is built in Amherst, it is done in a way that is best for the town of Amherst.
Please review the schedule provided under Upcoming meetings or events to find opportunities to learn more and contribute your views.. We would encourage interested citizens to attend and speak at open houses, scoping meetings, and public hearings.
Below please find information that has been gathered thus far:
From the Amherst Board of Selectmen:
- Second Letter from the Amherst Board of Selectmen to FERC (added 6-9-2015)
- Cover Letters to Amherst Federal and State Representatives, Governor and Attorney General for the Second Letter to FERC (added 6-9-2015)
- Response from U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (added 7-1-2015)
- Response from State Deputy Attorney General (added 7-1-2015)
- Response from State Representative Laurie Sanborn (added 7-1-2015)
- Response from State Representative Peter Hansen (added 7-1-2015)
- Response from Governor Maggie Hassan (added 7-8-2015)
- Letter from the Amherst Board of Selectmen to FERC (added 3-24-2015)
- Preliminary Environmental Assessment Report – Prepared by the Amherst Conservation Commission for the Amherst Board of Selectmen (added 3-24-2015)
- Selectmen Draft Charter – Selectmen announce the formation of a Pipeline Task Force
- Warrant Article 32: Grant Amherst Board of Selectmen Pipeline Intervener Status
- Guidance on posting signs for or against the Pipeline
- NH Delegation correspondence to FERC - January 14, 2015
- NH Delegation correspondence to Kinder Morgan - January 14, 2015
- NH Delegation correspondence to FERC – April 30, 2015 (added 5-4-2015)
- NH Delegation Correspondence to US Dept. of Energy (added 7-17-2015)
- Governor Hassan calls for additional public scoping meetings on NED project (added 7-17-2015)
- Merrimack Town Council Letter Supporting Town of Amherst’s letter dated 6/8/2015 & Additional Testimony re: Pipeline (added 7-21-2015)
- Letter to the NH PUC from NH Towns Concerning the NED Pipeline Proposal (added 7-21-2015)
- Ayotte Secures Commitment from Pipeline Safety Administrator Nominee to Visit NH (added 7-23-2015)
Upcoming meetings or events:
- Complete schedule of FERC Scoping Meetings (as of June 30, 2015)
- Liberty Utilities PUC Hearing Rescheduled to July 21 (added 7-17-2015)
Past Meetings or Events:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015- Pipeline Taskforce Meeting with Kinder Morgan Representatives – Meeting Materials (added 7-7-2015)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Pipeline Taskforce Meeting with Kinder Morgan Representatives – Letter to FERC & Meeting Materials (added 5-4-2015)
March 23, 2015 – Board of Selectmen Public Meeting with Kinder Morgan
- Town of Amherst & Kinder Morgan Public Meeting - Monday, March 23, 2015
- Amherst BOS – Letter to Kinder Morgan – Letter to Kinder Morgan regarding March 23, 2015 public meeting format (added 3-18-2015)
- Kinder Morgan – Response to Questions (added 3-24-2015)
- Kinder Morgan – March 23, 2015 Meeting Presentation (added 3-24-2015)
Pipeline Taskforce Working Papers:
- NED Pipeline Process and Timeline – A high level overview of the permitting process for the NED pipeline (added 5-4-2015)
- The Extraction and Transport of Natural Gas – Basic background on natural gas extraction and transportation through pipelines. (added 4-27-2015)
- Pipeline Hazards and Public Safety – A brief analysis of the risks of living near a gas transmission pipeline. (added 4-27-2015)
- Environmental Concerns Regarding Fossil Fuel Pipelines - An account of the global consequences of fossil fuel use in general, and the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure in particular. (added 7-7-2015)
- Preliminary Economic Impact to Amherst of a Pipeline – A brief summary of the areas of potential economic impact for Amherst and its residents should the NED pipeline come through Amherst. (added 4-27-2015)
- Kinder Morgan – New Hampshire NED Pipeline Web Site
- New Hampshire Project Presentation
- About Kinder Morgan
- Kinder Morgan Fact Sheet
- Kinder Morgan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Information:
- Kinder Morgan, Inc. announced anchor shippers (customers) for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED) pipeline. Committed ‘anchor’ capacity represents approximately 0.5 BCF/day (pipeline capacity is projected to be between 1.2 BCF/day and 2.2 BCF/day).
- Town of Amherst Project Overview
- New Hampshire Powerline Alternative Benefits
Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Maps:
- NED – Full Project Map
- NED – New Hampshire Towns Map
- NED – Town of Amherst Map - Provided by NRPC 2015-01-28
- NED – Town of Amherst Map – Map dated 2014-11-17
Recent News Articles
- Does New England Need More Gas? — Monadnock Ledger Transcript — January 7, 2015 (added 4-27-2015)
- Debate rages over whether there’s an energy crisis in NH — Manchester Union Leader — April 16, 2015 (added 4-27-2015)
- Letter to the Editor from the ACC, Nashua Telegraph, April 19, 2015 (added 4-23-2015)
- Anatomy of a pipeline decision: A scheme of ‘dubious’ legality (10/20/2014) An account of NESCOE’s proposal to finance the pipeline via electric tariff.
- New Hampshire Business Review (NHBR): Rising Electric Costs Could Crush the NH Economy
- New Hampshire Union Leader – Dave Solomon: Power man sounds alarm on system’s demands
- CLF (Conservation Law Foundation) As Cold Sets In, the New England Winter Energy “Crisis” Fizzles
- Forbes Article Dec. 17, 2014)
- New York Times Article (July 10, 2014)
Guidance on Negotiating Easements versus Eminent Domain
- Ohio State University – “Understanding and Negotiating Pipeline Easements” (added 4-27-2015)
- Right Of Way Magazine “Valuing a Gas Pipeline Easement” (9/1998) (added 4-27-20215)
- Interesting Guidance on Negotiations for an Easement: Read this before you sign that pipeline easement lease (added 3-24-2015)
- Massachusetts Attorney Letter re: Decline in Property Values Due to Pipeline
- University of Kentucky — Questions Landowners Should Ask in Negotiations with Companies Seeking Easements
- Pipeline Safety Trust – The Pipeline Safety Trust promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment.
- Ft Worth, TX Attorney – Natural Gas Pipeline Easement and Right-of-Way Agreements: A Landowner’s List of Terms to Negotiate
- NHPipelineAwareness.org – Some useful information for affected property owners
Other Organizations / Sources of Information
- The Missing Energy Crisis: What It Tells Us About the Energy System of the Future (June 1, 2015) – “Acadia Center works across key sectors of the economy in state, local, regional and national jurisdictions to promote effective solutions to tackle the problem of climate change.”
- Protecting Your Rights when the Pipeline Comes Through – A guide to the FERC approval process and to protecting your rights during the process.
- New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee – The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee was established by the legislature for the review, approval, monitoring and enforcement of compliance in the planning, siting, construction and operation of energy facilities.
- Overview of the NH Site Evaluation Committee and its Process – Slides from the January 14, 2015 presentation in Milford, NH by Michael Iacopino, Counsel for the NH Site Evaluation Committee
- New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCO) – NESCOE is a not-for-profit organization representing the collective interests of the six New England States on regional electricity matters. It is directed by Managers appointed by the six New England Governors and advances policies to provide electricity at the lowest possible price over the long term, while maintaining reliable electric service and environmental quality.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — FAQs concerning Gas pre-Filing projects
- FERC Brochure (PDF) — An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land — What Do I Need to Know? (NOTE: this file loads very slowly)
- NHPipelineAwareness.org – NHPipelineAwareness.org strongly opposes construction of the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline (NED) that Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to build in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Additional Information Links:
- Integrity Management of Gas Transmission Pipelines in High Consequence Areas — An NTSB study dated January 2015. (added 4-27-2015)
- The State of the National Pipeline Infrastructure — A summary of the state of the US Pipeline infrastructure (circa 2011) (added 4-27-2015)
- Ohio State University – “A Landowner’s Guide to Understanding Recommended Pipeline Standards and Construction Specifications” (added 4-27-2015)
- Presentation to the Merrimack Town Council (22-January-2015)
- Pipeline Safety
- Northeast Energy Direct Project – Draft Report December 2014
- Northeast Energy Direct Project – Online e-library
Town of Amherst Pipeline Committees & Subcommittees
- Pipeline Task Force & ACC (Amherst Conservation Commission) – Pipeline Environmental Impact Assessment Committee
Lucas S. Meyer Consultant, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
Allen Fore Vice President, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
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