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Pipeline open house event to be held in Fitzwilliam Thursday

FITZWILLIAM — Officials with the company proposing a natural gas pipeline across southern New Hampshire will hold five open house events starting this week.

One of those open houses will be in Fitzwilliam on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the VFW on Route 12.

The other meetings will be held Wednesday at Mascenic High School in New Ipswich; at the Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club in Milford on Tuesday, Sept. 15; at Rockingham Park in Salem on Wednesday, Sept. 16; and at the Merrimack American Legion Thursday, Sept. 17.

The meetings, which Kinder Morgan officials describe as forums, “are part of Kinder Morgan’s commitment to engaging all interested stakeholders and ensuring they have numerous opportunities to learn more about the project,” according to a news release from the company.

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 Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would cross 71 miles of southern New Hampshire, including 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 branching off the pipeline to supply fuel to the Keene area.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that will decide whether to grant approval for the project, will hold a “scoping” meeting about the pipeline proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Franklin Pierce University Fieldhouse in Rindge.

In related news, W. Va. Sens. allocate more than $700k for rail, pipeline safety.

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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