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Liberty Utilities proposed Granite Bridge fracked gas pipeline project threatens the health and safety of our communities. It will cost New Hampshire residents hundreds of millions of dollars in construction costs and contribute to billions of dollars in damages to our state caused by catastrophic climate change. According to a report published by the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH there is no need to build any new natural gas infrastructure in NH to meet our current demand.
Since 2018, 350 New Hampshire has been building community opposition to the Granite Bridge Pipeline. We have held numerous informational sessions to educate the public about the proposed project and assisted residents in Epping and Exeter with their efforts to build opposition to the Granite Bridge Pipeline. In 2019 Exeter voters passed the “Right to a Healthy Climate” ordinance, and Epping voters passed a resolution suggesting that residents should be allowed to vote on whether or not to allow the siting of a liquid natural gas tank in their town. In 2020 Exeter voters also passed a resolution opposing the Granite Bridge Pipeline because the project is in direct opposition to the “Right to a Healthy Climate” ordinance passed in 2019.
In 2019 Manchester residents spoke out publicly about the harms the Granite Bridge fracked gas pipeline would do to their community and marched in the Climate Strike. Visibilities at Lake Massabesic drew attention to the fact that the pipeline would run alongside Manchester’s water supply. Actions at the NH State House and Liberty Utilities Concord office called upon our elected officials to demand the project be stopped. The 350NH Action team worked to get many candidates running in the NH Primary to publicly oppose Liberty Utilities proposed Granite Bridge Pipeline project. All of these efforts, as well as numerous Letters to the Editor and public testimony, have resulted in the project being stalled at the Public Utilities Commission.
We will not rest until this project is dead. As 2020 candidate campaigns heat up, so is our Stop the GBP campaign. New Hampshire residents deserve to know which of their 2020 candidates will fight for a healthy climate and clean and renewable sources of energy. Once again our 350NH Action team is working to get all candidates running for office across NH to oppose Liberty Utilities Granite Bridge Pipeline project.
“Natural Gas” is methane and the majority is sourced from the fracking fields of the Appalachian basin. Methane gas is not “Clean” and it is not a “Bridge Fuel”. Methane gas contributes to the Greenhouse gas effect (climate change) at over 80 times the rate of Carbon Dioxide. We have the affordable renewable technology that we need.
Liberty Utilities claims that building the Granite Bridge Pipeline and LNG storage tank is cheaper than updating the Concord Lateral Pipeline. First of all, there is significant speculation as to whether or not the Concord Lateral Pipeline needs to be updated at all. Experts say that it is currently running well under capacity. If you are a Liberty Utilities ratepayer, your utility bill will increase as you will be required to pay for the $340 million dollar project.
No, pipelines are not currently running at capacity. We have better, cheaper, cleaner options. The gas in the proposed pipeline is not being guaranteed to communities along the pipeline route because the cost to run individual gas lines to houses is prohibitive and these communities have other utility providers.