Letter: Speak up about Granite Bridge project

Published: 5/22/2018 12:01:20 AM

“I understand we’re to have a small atomic bomb in our back yard,” one Epping resident blurted out when asked if he knew that Liberty Utilities wants to site a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank within sight of his home in addition to the Granite Bridge pipeline.

The tank would be 150 to 170 feet tall, 200 feet in diameter, with a 15 acre footprint. The monster they want to build in rural New Hampshire is larger than the “Rainbow Tank” in Boston. Complaints about constant truck noise, dust and road deterioration are common at such sites.

They say they’re reducing CO2 emissions, but they’re increasing CH4, methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

If the LNG tank is to store gas during the off months to save you money, why is the capacity far beyond our needs? If (when) they export, prices rise. There goes the promise of cheap fuel. They profit, no risk, because ratepayers pay for the pipeline.

It’s in Liberty’s interest to push this pipeline through before you wake up and smell the propaganda.

Manchester, Auburn, Candia, Raymond, Epping, Brentwood, Exeter, Stratham, Seacoast towns, Liberty customers, do you want to pay for their pipeline and LNG tank or do you want the clean air, water, sustainable jobs and reduced energy bills renewables provide? Your time to be heard is now.

We’ll be outside Josiah’s Meetinghouse in Epping on Wednesday during Liberty Utilities’ open house. Visit us before going in.



(The writer is the director of ECHO Action NH.)


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