Hollis seeks legal guidance in gas pipeline battle
During Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Attorney Robert D. Ciandella advised citizens and town officials that their best bet would be to “provide a community defense” in response to the Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Expansion project, also known as the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.
“Frankly, the community is very much concerned about this pipeline,” Board Chair Mark LeDoux said.
Since then, town officials learned that the pipeline, if built, could potentially impact more than 90 Hollis properties, including what LeDoux described as “a significant portion of the Beaver Brook conservation area.”
In Pepperell, citizens are expressing similar concerns. A meeting on the matter reportedly drew more than 350 people earlier this week.
A nonpublic session was held immediately following Monday’s public discussion.
“The legal standpoint isn’t exactly in our favor,” he said.
That doesn’t mean the town doesn’t have options, however.
Ciandella urged citizens to stay vocal in their communication with local boards and committees, such as the zoning and planning boards, noting that state law mandates approval by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee prior to the finalization of the pipeline route.
“We can design a process and convene a public hearing looking at all the environmental impacts and zoning implications,” Ciandella said. “We can explain to them how this project could interfere with the developmental future of Hollis.”
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