Opposing the Granite Bridge Pipeline
July 16. 2018 9:51PM
To the Editor: I’m shocked that so few people have heard of the Granite Bridge, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline that would run along Route 101. Liberty Utilities, a multi-billion-dollar corporation based in Ontario, wants to build this pipeline along with a 200-billion-cubic foot LNG storage tank in West Epping. If you want to know how big that is, picture the huge rainbow tank along Route 93 in Boston. This one is even bigger.
Supporters believe this pipeline would bring us a huge windfall. But look at what happened in Seabrook or even Epping, where neither a nuclear plant or a Super-Walmart has exactly lowered our taxes. The unions, meanwhile, like the prospect of construction jobs, but these are short-term jobs in a state that already has a labor shortage. Still others say that we need this pipeline because we need more energy. But a recent study from the Carsey School of Public Policy showed just the opposite: that New England is actually becoming more energy efficient, needing less.
Finally, some supporters are promoting the myth that LNG is good for the environment. This is just not true. Natural gas emits loads of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and the fracking process is destructive and contaminates water.
The people supporting Granite Bridge have good intentions, but they have been sold a bill of goods by an outside company that wants to exploit New Hampshire for its own profit. Don’t let Liberty Utilities ruin our environment, our health, and our economy.