Amherst Board of Selectmen Awaiting More Information
Like many citizens in our town, the Amherst Board of Selectmen is following closely the information associated with the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline proposal. The Selectmen have not taken a position for or against the pipeline at this point as this process is at the beginning stages with very little information available at this point.
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.
Kinder Morgan released their open houses schedule for January and February with dates, times and locations. Please review the schedule provided under Upcoming meetings or events for more details. We would encourage interested citizens to attend and speak at the open houses and public hearings.
Below please find information that has been gathered thus far:
From the Amherst Board of Selectmen:
- 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)
Upcoming meetings or events:
- May 28, 2015 – Pipeline Taskforce Meeting – 7pm
Past Meetings or Events:
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)
- 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)
- 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
- 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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The Village Strategic Plan Committee will hold two public input sessions on the proposed Village Strategic Plan. These sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Clark School.
During the early part of the month of March, we learned that our telephone system was not functioning properly. Specifically, messages left at a variety of extensions in the Town Hall were not recorded. This was discovered following a number of complaints about telephone calls not being returned. We do not know how long this problem existed but it has now been repaired. If you called any of the following departments and did not receive a returned call, please try us again.
Town Administrator, Finance, Executive Assistant, Public Assistance, Community Development, Tax Collector, Town Clerk and Assessing.
We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to hearing from you.
Jim O’Mara, Town Administrator
Eversource, formerly PSNH, has scheduled work in Amherst. For more information please click here.
The Amherst Board of Selectmen look to Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI) to evaluate the manner in which Fire/Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are provided to the community. For more information on the agreement and scope of work, click <<<here>>>.
MRI Study Results: