Pipeline Information Session in Epping on March 12

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EPPING —  On Monday, March 12th at 7 p.m. at the Epping Board of Selectmen’s meeting, ECHO Action members will discuss why they are opposed to pipelines.

In 2017, Liberty Utilities announced plans for the Granite Bridge pipeline from Manchester to Auburn, Candia, Raymond, Epping, Brentwood, Exeter and Stratham. 

ECHO Action founding member, NED pipeline opponent and organizer Sue Durling created an interactive pipeline map to show those along the route the proximity of the pipeline to schools, churches and community centers. A retired nurse, she was also a member of the NH Pipeline Health Study team.

Stephanie Scherr, ECHO Action’s founder and an environmental educator, was a vocal opponent of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline that was slated to be built in Southern New Hampshire, but was withdrawn in May of 2016.

The organization is now engaged in active opposition to Liberty Utilities’ gas expansion in Keene as well as the their Granite Bridge Pipeline and promoting offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine.  They are also aligned with pipeline opponents in Hanover and Lebanon who oppose another proposed Liberty Utilities pipeline.

Monday night’s presentation in Epping will be a brief introduction to pipelines, the project, and what the community can expect. The group is offering presentations in each of the towns along the pipeline route and is planning community education and organizing forums. Town officials and community members can view the interactive map and schedule presentations through the organization’s website at FossilFree603.org.

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