Monday, December 14, 2015

Pipeline information events scheduled this week

By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff
Meetings on two topics related to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will be held this week.
First, a Boston physician will give a presentation about the health effects a compressor station could have on area residents. This meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Temple.
There will also be meetings that night and the next day in Swanzey and Rindge about plans to expand natural gas service to those towns.

Dr. Curtis L. Nordgaard of Boston Children’s Hospital is expected to focus his roughly 90-minute talk on the health effects associated with living, working or going to school near fracked natural gas drilling and processing facilities, according to a news release from the Temple Ad Hoc Pipeline Advisory Committee and the New Ipswich Pipeline Resistance. The two organizations are sponsoring the free event, which will be open to the public and at Temple Elementary School, 830 Route 45.
The school is about a quarter of a mile from where Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC plans to site a 41,000-horsepower compressor station in neighboring New Ipswich.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, has proposed building the high-pressure transmission pipeline to carry fracked natural gas from shale gas fields in Pennsylvania through upstate New York, parts of northern Massachusetts and into southern New Hampshire before going to a distribution hub in eastern Massachusetts. The route would cross the Cheshire County towns of Fitzwilliam, Richmond, Rindge, Troy and Winchester.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline officials filed the project’s application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has the power to approve or reject the pipeline, last month. Company officials have asked the commission to approve the project by the fourth quarter of 2016.

Nordgaard said in a phone interview that he has spent the past year and a half focusing his research on the air pollution that pipeline facilities, especially compressor stations, generate.
He’s found that pollutants emitted from a compressor station are toxic and potentially cancer causing, he said, and can lead to increased risks of heart disease, stroke and respiratory diseases.
Pregnant mothers living near compressor stations are at a greater risk of giving birth prematurely, he said. Infants, he added, are also at risk for having a low birth weight or being diagnosed with asthma.
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Also this week, Liberty Utilities’ representatives will meet publicly with selectmen in Rindge and Swanzey this week to discuss their plans for expanding natural gas service.

The Swanzey meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall, is the company’s second meeting with town officials about the expansion plan.

The Rindge meeting is Wednesday. Rindge selectmen’s meetings begin at 5:30 p.m at the town offices.
Liberty Utilities has a petition before the N.H. Public Utilities Commission seeking rights to own and operate natural gas distribution systems in Jaffrey, Rindge, Swanzey and Winchester.
Two of the four towns — Rindge and Winchester — are along the proposed route of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, while the other two are nearby. None of the towns have natural gas distribution systems.

Meghan Foley can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1436, or Follow her on Twitter @MFoleyKS.

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