Board contributes to pipeline funds

  • Town Clerk Joyce Kullgren re-appointed Jeanne Whitcomb to the position of Deputy Clerk during the Select Board meeting on Tuesday, June 14. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Town Clerk Joyce Kullgren re-appointed Jeanne Whitcomb to the position of Deputy Clerk during the Select Board meeting on Tuesday, June 14. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/15/2016 7:14:29 PM

The Temple Select Board agreed to continue the fight against the possibility of future pipelines a little longer.

Though a proposed 30-inch diameter natural gas pipeline that would have skirted Temple’s borders appears to be dead in the water, the fight against it is not quite finished, said Sean Radcliffe, a member of Temple’s ad-hoc pipeline advisory committee. 

Radcliffe told the board that the pipeline committee had unanimously agreed to recommend that the board continue to contribute to a lawyer employed by a municipal committee of towns that would have been affected by the pipeline until two additional pieces of the puzzle were resolved.

Temple had pledged $6,500 in a retainer to attorney Richard Kanoff to represent a coalition of 14 Southern New Hampshire towns that would have been impacted by the pipeline. Of that, about $5,000 has already been billed. Radcliffe asked that the remainder allowed to be used to continue to pay Kannoff to represent Temple in two upcoming issues.

Particularly, said Radcliffe, the committee would like Kanoff be allowed to continue to represent the community’s interest in upcoming hearings regarding changing the rules for pipeling applications and approvals in place at the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.

The proposed rule changes would impose stricter standards in considering setback, decommissioning plan requirements and sound and vibration impacts, among other issues. 

“These were things missing from the rules. It gives the SEC more teeth to keep us safe,” said Radcliffe.

Radcliffe said the committee would also like to support Kanoff representing the towns in front of hearings at the PUC concerning whether ratepayers should shoulder the cost of the construction of the proposed Spectra pipeline, which could set a precident, said Radcliffe.

“Really, this has to do with prevention,” said Radcliffe. “One of the things we learned in this whole process is how vulnerable that we are.”

Selectwoman Gail Cromwell advocated that the town continue to retain Kanoff to represent Temple in these issues until the total of the $6,500 was spent. The town had been so united against the possibility of the pipeline, said Cromwell, and the issue such a prominent one in town, that it would be prudent to help put in place any additional protections that could be. Select Board Chair George Willard and Selectman Ken Caisse agreed. Since the money had already been allocated for the purpose of paying Kanoff’s retainer, the board did not take an official vote on the matter, but by consensus agreed to continue paying for Kanoff’s fee until the remainder of the retainer had been used.

 

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




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