It’s official: Pipeline plan off the table

  • Greenville voices its frustration for the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline compressor station. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcipt)

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Published: 5/23/2016 7:19:59 PM

Pipeline developer Kinder Morgan officially withdrew its application for a multi-state pipeline on Monday afternoon.

“I think it’s the nail in the coffin for this particular route,” said Maryann Harper of Rindge, a co-founder of the New Hampshire chapter of the Pipeline Awareness Network.

Kinder Morgan, through its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Inc., has, for the last year, been making progress on its application to build a 30-inch diameter pipeline across southern New Hampshire to deposit shale gas in Massachusetts. At the end of April, the company announced it was suspending the project, citing a lack of economic viability, but did not officially withdraw its application from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, though the company announced a further update by May 26.

On Monday, Tennessee Gas officially filed a letter with FERC, withdrawing its application. FERC will have to write an order formally accepting the withdrawal, according to FERC media representative Tamara Young-Allen. Once FERC has issued that notice, Tennessee Gas would have to submit a new application and go through the application process from the beginning if they wish to try again.

Tennessee Gas has backed off the project after failing to gain enough capacity contracts from New England electric and natural gas distributors, but Harper pointed out that limited contracts wasn’t a recent development for the company. In New Hampshire, Tennessee Gas had only contracted with one distributor, Liberty Utilities, for the gas, a contract secured early in the process and never expanded upon in the state.

“Thought they don’t credit the opposition, I do believe the opposition made a serious dent in their efforts,” said Harper.

“I feel the lack of survey access in particular was a really big detriment to them pushing this application forward. I do think we had a perfect storm, with low price of gas and the lack of capacity contracts, but I do think that opposition was a key player.”

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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