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September is National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month!  Please “Like” the Souhegan Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) page on Facebook for more information and to receive tips on how to stay safe during the disasters that can affect our community.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Souhegan CERT serves the communities of Amherst, Lyndeborough, Milford and Mont Vernon, NH.

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Zoning Board of Adjustment Vacancies

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is an elected board that grants variances, special exceptions and equitable waivers and hears appeals of staff determinations of the applicability of the Zoning Ordinance.

The Board is seeking interested individuals to be appointed to fill the following vacancies:

  • One full member to serve until the next regular municipal election (March 2016), at which time a successor will be elected to fill the remainder of the term (expiring in 2017)
  • One alternate member to serve a three year term (2015-2018).

Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Colleen Mailloux, Community Development Director, at cmailloux@amherstnh.gov.

For more information on the ZBA role and responsibilities, please visit the Board’s website or review the Zoning Board of Adjustment Handbook for Local Officials, a document produced by the NH Office of Energy and Planning.

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Upcoming Eversource Transmission Line Work

In the coming weeks, Eversource and its contractors will begin work on a transmission line (referred to as the 367 line) in existing right-of-way between Amherst and Fitzwilliam substations.  This work is being done as part of a System Resiliency Program, a program being undertaken to upgrade and strengthen its infrastructure across the state in order to reduce the possibility of service interruptions, especially during severe weather.  The contractors hired by Eversource to perform this work are Harlen Electric Construction, JCR Construction Co., Tighe & Bond and Northern Land Clearing.

The System Resiliency Program focuses on structural hardening which may include the installation of structures, cross arms and/or structure hardware.  Other activities associated with this work may include removing brush and tall vegetation, mowing, making improvements to existing access roads, installing timber mats, building construction pads to support heavy equipment, and restoring the disturbed area.

Eversource anticipates that the work along the 367 line will begin in late July and continue through the fall.  The work is not expected to interrupt electric service to homes or businesses in  your community.  Typically, Eversource contractors will work Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and should not be more than 3-5 days at a single location. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Abutters along existing right-of-way in Amherst, in the vicinity of Hollis Road and Golden Pond Road, have been notified of the planned work.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“Tennessee”)

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:

Letter to Amherst N.H. Citizens Re: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

From the Amherst Board of Selectmen:

Upcoming meetings or events:

Past Meetings or Events:

Thursday, July 30, 2015- FERC Scoping Meeting, Milford Town Hall – Meeting Video

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

Pipeline Taskforce Working Papers:

Kinder Morgan:

Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Information:

Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Maps:

Recent News Articles

Guidance on Negotiating Easements versus Eminent Domain

Other Organizations / Sources of Information

  • Analysis of Alternative Winter Reliability Solutions for New England Energy Markets – Prepared for GDF SUEZ Energy North America by Energyzt Advisors, LLC, August 2015
  • 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.”
    • Part 1 The problems and risks New England faces with respect to energy provision
    • Part 2 – Some steps that the states are taking to address the problem
    • Part 3 – How to arrive at a balanced solution that benefits consumers, the climate and New England as a whole
  • 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.orgNHPipelineAwareness.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:

Town of Amherst Pipeline Committees & Subcommittees

 

Lucas S. Meyer Consultant, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.

603.568.2511 (cell)

Lucassmeyer@gmail.com

www.kindermorgan.com (website)

 

Allen Fore Vice President, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.

8 Anngina Dr. Enfield, CT 06082

630.725.3044 (office)

www.kindermorgan.com (website)

 

For additional questions that cannot be answered by the links provided above or for suggestions on new informational links, please e-mail: pipelinequestions@amherstnh.gov

 

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