Open house Aug. 21 to promote Granite Bridge pipeline from Manchester to Stratham

MANCHESTER — Liberty Utilities is planning an open house and information session on the Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline project in Manchester on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Derryfield, 625 Mammoth Road.

The pipeline from Manchester to Stratham would be built in a state-designated energy corridor along Route 101, with a natural gas storage facility to be built in an abandoned quarry south of Route 101 in Epping.

The 16-inch pipe would create an east-to-west connection between two existing gas pipelines that run south-to-north.

The idea is to capture natural gas from the big south-to-north pipelines during the summer when demand is low, and store it in the Epping facility for use in the winter when supplies are tight.

The event is designed to help the public to learn about the project, ask questions and provide feedback, according to Liberty. An open house format will give people one-on-one access to project experts on a flexible schedule.

Topics will include the route of the proposed pipeline, construction methods the company plans to use and the approval process, among others.