“Citizens in Lebanon and Hanover are focusing on how to move quickly to sustainable energy sources. Potential customers should not lock themselves into using a dangerous fossil fuel which has been shown to have serious health impacts and no ameliorating effects regarding climate, whose pricing in the near and long term is projected to increase substantially, and be volatile, due to increased export demand.”
Liberty Utilities has proposed an 11-mile fracked gas pipeline running along RT 12-A in W. Lebanon, NH to west of the Lebanon Green, and north to downtown Hanover.
Community opposition is strong and continues to mount, including nine community organizations. In the past, “natural” gas was widely viewed as a “bridge fuel”, less polluting when burned than oil and coal, a bridge until renewable energy sources were more affordable and available. But solid research over the last 6 years shows that hydraulically fractured (fracked) gas (1) has a larger greenhouse gas footprint than oil and even coal due to methane leaks, thus contributing more to climate change than other fuels and (2) results in serious health and water quality impacts in the communities where it is extracted. Also, prices are projected to increase as supplies decline and exports increase.
This is the PUC docket. The letters sent to the docket (in the Comment section at the bottom) are worth reading. One might note those of Richard Husband and Pat Martin and many others. Significantly, on July 11, Dartmouth College’s letter (Richard Mills) states its disinterest in natural gas. Over 330 letters and postcards have been sent in.