Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kinder Morgan pipeline musings



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"It is often difficult to judge how our actions and their impact on the environment are likely to affect others. What is clear is that we are the only species with the power to destroy the earth. Birds and insects have no such power, nor does any other mammal. And yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, we also have the capacity to protect it. I believe we have an urgent responsibility to do so." 
- Dalai Lama

Much has already been written about the high pressure gas line that is planned to run our towns, and how wonderful this is going to be for America. It will be make some folks rich of course, since it will be exported to higher priced markets offshore. Sadly I fear the deal is sealed. One only need to look at the recent vote for the tar sands oil Keystone pipeline vote. Lots of campaign money went into the coffers for that vote.

I'm going to concentrate my efforts on highlighting our neighborhood. Places that are or might be at risk with this industrial project. I'll start with Pickity Place since this letter was posted in the local paper:


"Dear Cheryl LaFleur of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Do you remember the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”? Deep in the woods of Mason, New Hampshire, grandmother’s house still exists. If you enter this old house built in 1786, you will see the wolf sound asleep, in grandmother’s bed, with a smile on his face. The big old Ash tree, as seen in the Little Golden book, still stands in front of the cottage. It is the biggest white ash in New Hampshire. Grandmother’s house is now called Pickity Place. It is a wonderful restaurant with a gift shop, a greenhouse and garden shop. It is surrounded by acres of walking trails through old English gardens, filled with flowers and herbs that are used in the restaurant. It is a tranquil, picture perfect place, often the site for special occasions and weddings.

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas did not do their homework when they chose to become neighbors with this wonderful restaurant. They have proposed to put a 36” pipeline and a compressor station near this historical site.

Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas claims they will be helping the economy by providing jobs. These are temporary jobs for out of state workers. If a compressor station is put anywhere near Pickity Place, it will go out of business and 25 local employees will lose their jobs; 350 local vendors will be affected.

Compressor stations are extremely noisy. They are not safe for our environment. They spew out huge amounts of toxins. These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, formaldehyde and other carcinogens. Residents living 1,500 feet away from compressor sites have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea.

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas did not do their homework when they chose to become neighbors with this wonderful restaurant. They have proposed to put a 36” pipeline and a compressor station near this historical site.
Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas claims they will be helping the economy by providing jobs. These are temporary jobs for out of state workers. If a compressor station is put anywhere near Pickity Place, it will go out of business and 25 local employees will lose their jobs; 350 local vendors will be affected.
Compressor stations are extremely noisy. They are not safe for our environment. They spew out huge amounts of toxins. These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, formaldehyde and other carcinogens. Residents living 1,500 feet away from compressor sites have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea.
Please do not grant Kinder Morgan’s Petition. Please do not awaken the sleeping wolf."
Pickity Place
Largest Ash tree in New Hampshire

Pickity Place


Drying Shed at Pickity Place

Flowers and Herbs
Pickity is special

The food and desserts are wonderful
Herbs grown in the garden

What have they done to the earth? 
What have they done to our fair sister? 
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her 
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn 
And tied her with fences and dragged her down 

- Jim Morrison "When the Music's Over"





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