350 New Hampshire

Granite Bridge Pipeline

We stopped an unjust energy project in our state

Overview

An unwanted & unjust energy project

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.

Economics

Show MoreThe Granite Bridge will cost New Hampshire Ratepayers $440 million dollars which includes a 9% to 10% return for Liberty Utilities’ investors. This means that Ratepayers, NOT Liberty Utility will be forced to pay off this massive investment even after costly gas projects have been replaced by cleaner cheaper energy sources. Check out this article in the Concord Monitor for an example of stranded assets at the Coal Fired Power Plant in Bow, NH. New Hampshire wastes valuable tax payer dollars buying dirty energy from out of state. We can keep jobs and dollars in New Hampshire by relying on clean local energy production.
Our Health and Safety

Show MorePipelines leak and explode, threatening the health and safety of our communities and our natural environment. The Granite Bridge pipeline would pass underneath the Lamprey River and within less than a mile of lake Massabesic, a crucial water source for the people of Manchester. The proposed storage tank would be sited in a working class residential neighborhood in Epping, across the street from a child care facility and in proximity to homes, commuterways and local businesses. Liberty Utilities has an atrocious safety record. They have already been fined tens of thousands of dollars for safety and maintenance violations in New Hampshire. The proposed Granite Bridge Pipeline project is 500 times larger than any project they currently manage.

Our Climate

Show MoreBuilding the Granite Bridge will lock us into burning fracked methane gas for decades to come. Methane gas causes climate change at over 80 times the rate of carbon dioxide. The climate crisis is already causing irreversible damage to our coasts, our winter sports industry and to our farmers in New Hampshire and will cost our state billions of dollars in losses to critical municipal facilities, roads and property We can protect our communities by investing in local clean energy production.

Why the Granite Bridge Matters

Energy Democracy

Show MoreWe believe that local communities have a right to be part of decisions about their energy future. In the case of the Granite Bridge Pipeline, because the route is technically through state owned land, individuals and municipalities are being left out of the decision making process. Our elected officials have been bought by the fossil fuel industry and our regulatory agencies were not designed to take climate change and environmental justice into account.

Costs of the Granite Bridge Pipeline

Show MoreRate payers will pay the $440 Million dollar price tag. Pipelines pollute our air and construction of new pipelines destroy our ecosystems. Burning methane gas contributes to climate change at over 80 times the rate of carbon dioxide. Liberty Utilities has an atrocious safety record. They have been fined tens of thousands of dollars for safety and maintenance violations. NH Spends billions of dollars a year purchasing energy from other states. If we invest in local energy like wind and solar we can keep jobs and dollars in NH.

Our Campaign

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.

FAQ

“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.

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