Lawsuit To Stop Fracked Liquid Natural Gas Plant In Keene

Posted: November 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

councilorclarkI have joined with the New Hampshire Pipeline Health Study Group in a lawsuit to reverse the NH Public Utility Commission’s unlawful granting of a fracked liquid natural gas franchise to Liberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) Corp. in Keene.

It must be noted that fracked LNG is more dangerous than virgin LNG because of the lethal chemicals absorbed into the gas during the extraction process. This is not your father’s Oldsmobile. The NH Pipeline Health Study Group wants to address the fact that fracked gas is not the same as the traditional “natural” gas contemplated by PUC rules, with studies linking carcinogens and a cocktail of other harmful chemicals to fracked gas, emissions and leaks from gas compressor stations and other gas infrastructure to respiratory and other health problems.

It is well-established that Keene sits in a valley that is prone to air inversions that traps particulates in the air from burning fossil fuels. Because of the carcinogens and other harmful chemicals used in the extraction process of fracking LNG, burning and leaking gas would trap these poisonous particulates into the air and cause generations of health issues including respiratory and heart disease as well as cancer among the residents and visitors of Keene.

KeeneLiberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) Corp. is just a small part of a global conglomerate that has established a fossil fuel monopoly in New Hampshire and other states. They are bent on burning every drop of LNG left in the Earth and are using political lobbying to block free-market forces from developing solar and other sustainable energy sources that nearly all other industrialized nations are rapidly exploiting. Keene is the first of 32 plants planned in New Hampshire.

A rapid transition to sustainable energy sources is necessary to address the climate change crisis, and many NH state laws and actions, including this order, are acting as roadblocks to pursuing sustainable energy sources, and allowing the building of a new large, high customer volume hydraulically fractured (“fracked”) gas facility in Keene will impede the development and availability of sustainable alternatives in Keene for at least another generation.

RenewNotFrack

We are asking for reconsideration and rehearing of an order granting a franchise to convert compressed natural gas (“CNG”) and liquid natural gas (“LNG”) without notice, a hearing or the opportunity for intervention, public input or challenge to Liberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) Corp.

 

The Motion
NH Code of Administrative Rules
Exhibits A-C
Exhibits D-G
Exhibits H-J
Exhibits K-N

If you would like to help, please contact our attorney:
Richard M. Husband, Esquire 
10 Mallard Court 
Litchfield, NH 03052 
N.H. Bar No. 6532 
Telephone No. (603)883-1218 
E-mail: RMHusband@gmail.com

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