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Pipeline opposition march scheduled for Saturday in Keene

A march and rally against a proposed natural gas transmission pipeline project is scheduled for Saturday in Keene.

ECHO Action and Stop the NH Pipeline officials announced Wednesday they’re organizing a pipeline awareness march to start at Ashuelot River Park in Keene at 10 a.m. From the park, the march will travel east along West Street to Central Square, according to a news release from the groups.

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC, a Kinder Morgan company, is proposing to build a pipeline carrying natural gas from shale gas fields in Pennsylvania through upstate New York, part of northern Massachusetts and into southern New Hampshire before going to a distribution hub in eastern Massachusetts.

The proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would cross 71 miles of southern New Hampshire, including the Monadnock Region towns of Fitzwilliam, Richmond, Rindge, Troy and Winchester.

Liberty Utilities, which is interested in buying natural gas from the pipeline for its customers, is considering building a line to branch off the projected 36-inch diameter Northeast Energy Direct pipeline to provide its customers in the Keene area with natural gas.

Pipeline opponents from across the Monadnock Region are expected to participate in the march, and they’ll be available to discuss concerns and answer questions, the news release said.

Community organizer Stephanie Scherr said this morning the march is the first of what she expects will be others to raise awareness about the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline in Keene and surrounding communities.

“We want to start building outreach into Keene,” she said. “We feel that even though there is a lot of information available for Keene, residents may not feel it impacts them.”

She said it does, especially if Liberty Utilities moves forward with building the line to Keene.

“We want to give people more information to let them know what is coming. The energy is not for us, and it won’t lower our electric bills,” she said.

But proponents of the pipeline say the influx of natural gas into New Hampshire will drive down high winter energy costs, and help prevent an energy shortage in the region.

Information: Stop the NH Pipeline and ECHO Action pages on Facebook and the NHpipelineawareness.org website.

This article was written by Meghan Foley from The Keene Sentinel, N.H. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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