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February 23, 2015

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It is a pity that NHCPPS is compromising its integrity by undertaking a study proposed and funded by a self-interested party. The public policy needs of NH would be served far better if NHCPSS studied the costs and benefits of implementing NH's Ten Year Energy Strategy. This excellent plan finds that the most cost-effective source of energy is the energy saved through conservation and efficiency measures.
Will NHCPSS look into the lost opportunity cost of ratepayers funding this over-sized pipeline with its temporary construction jobs, instead of investing in long term jobs in renewable energy and efficiency?
Will NHCPSS consider the moral hazard of breaking public trust by permitting a private corporation to violate numerous public conservation lands and easements that were established in perpetuity? Trust in NH's presently successful state and local land conservation programs will be severely damaged by this greenfield pipeline. Along with the potential abuse of eminent domain, this is a deeper issue than simple pipeline aesthetics.
NHCPSS should put its expertise into studying the full spectrum of NH energy needs. It's very dismaying that the credibility of this institution is being put at risk by this narrowly focused study for Kinder Morgan.

Given that the major beneficiary of this pipeline is sponsoring this study, it looks like yet another slanted piece of pseudo research whose end will serve, guess who, Kinder Morgan. Goldboro's LNG application (Federal Register, December 10, 2014) lists an 18 quadrillion dollars profit over a twenty year period: for pipelines and fossil fuel companies. This has nothing to do with public necessity. It has to do with obscene greed and a willingness to harm countless hundreds of thousands if not millions in the time ahead.

As you study this proposal in the context of the State Energy Strategy, I hope you will consider the potential for Energy Efficiency projects. On page C-3 of the Appendices for the State Energy Strategy, there is a chart that shows that an average of 20% of electricity consumption across all sectors (residential, commercial, industrial) could be economically reduced through energy efficiency projects. That would obviate the need for any of these pipeline projects or additional natural gas infrastructure.

As you study the economic and community impacts of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct Project in New Hampshire, I hope that you strongly consider the recommendation from the geologist who reviewed the geological maps pertaining to The Town of Merrimacks wells that service the residents who rely on the public water supply. The Geologists report clearly stated the this KM pipeline would not be recommended to be constructed through the town site where our town wells are located. This would affect more that 25,000 town residents, well over 75% of our towns population. This pipeline may come through New Hampshire, but at what expense? Please really look at the community impacts for all of us. The "virtual pipeline", which will be traveling across all of our local streets is entirely another huge threat that no one will talk about yet. Dig in, you may see a real community impact!

I just came across an excellent article from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. The Natural Gas pipelines should be constructed in places like AZ where they are very dependent on coal for generating electricity. NH and New England already generate approximately 50% of electricity from Natural Gas. The real reason for this pipeline is to feed the LNG export terminals currently under construction in ME and Canada. NH and NE are way ahead of the rest of the country; we should be investing in renewable energy, storage solutions and a smarter, stronger grid. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/policy/will-shuttering-coal-plants-really-threaten-the-grid/?utm_source=energywise&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=022515

Please take into consideration the vastly negative effects this project will have on our wildlife and aquifers. Most of the residents on the affected towns have well water as their source for their own drinking water as well as their life stock. The dangers are far to great to be outweighed by any financial gain the company may have. NH resident will not have direct access to natural gas and don't even want to. I urge the people in charge to consider that our children will be drinking that water and eating the produce grown in this land that will certainly be contaminated.
This is without even considering the almost certain possibility of a gas line explosion that would end with many innocent lives.

I hope the Center will consider the work the Pentagon has done to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. I learned about it at a screening of a new documentary, "The Burden," produced by the Truman National Security Project. You can view the trailer for the film here: http://www.theburdenfilm.com/
New Hampshire should be considering storage options for peak demand and buffering the intermittent nature of renewable resources and investing in a more intelligent grid. We should be aggressively pursuing renewable sources of power like offshore wind, hydro, and solar. This is where the future lies.
Moreover, New England is already dependent on Natural Gas for approximately 50% of our electricity generation. The national average is 33%. Why should we become MORE dependent on a single fuel source?
Worst of all, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the pipeline projects are actually motivated by a desire to export Natural Gas on the international market. Pieridae Energy is looking to export .8 bcf/day from New England supplies.

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