N.H. governor asks for tar sands reviewTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS | April 23,2013CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a thorough environmental and permitting process before allowing any existing pipelines in the state to transport tar sands oil.
Two conventional crude oil pipelines owned by the Portland Pipe Line Corporation travel through five New Hampshire towns and end in Montreal. Portland Pipeline has considered changing the contents of those pipelines to tar sands oil.
Critics say tar sands oil poses greater environmental and safety risks than conventional crude, but oil industry representatives disagree.
Under federal law, the Secretary of State has the authority to issue permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of pipelines at the borders of the United States with Canada.
“I am writing to ask you to act to protect New Hampshire’s economy and environment,” Hassan wrote to Kerry on Monday. “The state of New Hampshire has limited authority over pipelines that cross state borders and therefore relies heavily on federal review and regulation. It also receives little or no benefit from their presence in the state. However, should anything go wrong with such a pipeline — a leak or worse — New Hampshire’s taxpayers bear the responsibility and cost of cleanup.”
The New Hampshire towns through which the pipeline runs are Lancaster, Jefferson, Randolph, Gorham and Shelburne.
Environmentalists have expressed concern that the pipeline that now carries oil from South Portland, Maine, to Montreal could have its flow reversed and carry Canadian tar sands oil through Vermont, New Hampshire and western Maine.
Last week, environmental regulators in Vermont ruled that the state’s Act 250 land use law would apply to any proposal to reverse the flow in an oil pipeline system that crosses northern Vermont.
Some towns have voted to oppose any move to pump tar sands oil from Montreal though northern New England.MORE IN News
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Jim Jeffords' legacy, Brandon takes a few questions about proposed budget, beleaguered city playground likely to move, woman awakes to find strange man with knives standing at her bedside.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Former U.S. Senator James Jeffords dies Monday in Washington D.C., a local man is beaten and robbed while walking on West Street, Clarendon sets a tax rate and Brandon convenes an informational public meeting about its budget.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1915, the New York World publishes scoop: Thom. Edison diverts chemical from war production to help German pharmaceutical company make aspirin; on this day in 1935, Will Rogers, Wiley Post die in Alaska plane crash.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: State panel briefed on smuggling drugs into prisons; new French-German documentary about Vermont's heroin addiction; solar project at Vets Home falls apart; update dispute between Open Door Mission and treatment center.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Climatologists might not know as much about El Nino as they thought they knew. New studies show 10,000 years ago, El Nino was active, and polar ice sheets were rapidly melting — just like today.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: State colleges get a budget cut break, vandals spray paint Wallingford basketball court, state's attorney will replace lost deputies, cop lawsuit proceeds, Mendon mini-golf proposal makes headway.