Stephanie EarthDancer Scherr
To: Winchester residents, an update on the proposed NED pipeline route.
route of the proposed pipeline has changed slightly and now is proposed
to cross Rte. 78 in Winchester between the two "incineration" signs.
The proposed pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and operates at 1,460
pounds per square inch. It the pipeline were to rupture, most likely the
gas would be ignited and the explosion would incinerate anything within
a 790 foot radius. One of the reasons that Kinder Morgan wants to run
the pipe through rural areas is that the federal regulations allow the
use of thin walled pipe in rural areas. The insane thing is that the
federal regulations (written in the l990s before such high pressures
were used in pipelines) allow houses within 50 feet of the pipeline.
obviously, many pipeline opponents, especially those near a pipeline
advocate for thick wall piping in rural areas, which is opposed by
kinder Morgan because it is more expensive. In New Hampshire a bill (HB
l660) has become law that requires a gas line company to buy the entire
lot if the landowner/homeowner so requests. A disturbing side note is
that Kinder Morgan spends 50% less on pipeline maintenance than other
pipeline companies; their share holders enjoy higher dividends while
pipeline opponents point to their dismal safety record."