In December 2014, Kinder Morgan announced a change to the route of it’s proposed NED pipeline that included approximately 71 miles through New Hampshire and about four miles through Amherst. Since that time, the Amherst Board of Selectmen has been gathering information about the pipeline proposal. Thanks to several months of working with the Amherst Conservation Commission (ACC) and with the assistance of the Amherst Pipeline Task Force, the Selectmen have gained a better understanding of the issues related to the proposed pipeline.
Reflecting our improved understanding, the Selectmen sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March of 2015 objecting to the route proposed through Amherst. These objections drew heavily on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment prepared by the ACC. Based on our letter, Kinder Morgan is working with the Pipeline Task Force to try and find a less intrusive and disruptive route through Amherst, should the NED pipeline pass through the town.
In June, 2015, the Selectmen sent a second letter to the FERC questioning the need for the NED pipeline — especially the need in New Hampshire — and also questioning the legal basis for moving ~71 miles of the proposed route for this pipeline from Massachusetts, which may need the gas to be supplied by this pipeline, to New Hampshire, which does not appear to need it.
Because of the possibility that other New England states, e.g. Massachusetts, may need the gas to be supplied by the proposed pipeline, the Amherst Selectmen have not taken a position for or against the pipeline itself.
We will continue to gather information, meet with Kinder Morgan, with other towns, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, our State representatives and also our Federal representatives to try and understand what options exist and to make sure that if a pipeline is built in Amherst, it is done in a way that is best for the town of Amherst.
Please review the Calendar for upcoming scheduled meetings or events to find opportunities to learn more and contribute your views. We would encourage interested citizens to attend and speak at open houses, scoping meetings, and public hearings.