Nov. 7 — To the Editor:

Regardless of what one’s position is on whether or not Liberty Utilities’ fracked gas pipeline should be built, one thing is for sure: it should be the people’s decision. Liberty Utilities shouldn’t have the final say. The leaders they’ve bought out in Concord shouldn’t either. The final say should be ours - we the people of Exeter, Brentwood, Epping, Raymond, Candia, Auburn and Manchester. It will be our drinking water that will be at risk, not theirs. It will be our neighborhoods at risk, not theirs. It’s our air, our soil, not theirs.

It’s our right to make the final decision on this project. Unfortunately, that right wasn’t honored from the start. But all is not lost. Us affected citizens still have the opportunity to stand up for our right to local control. Throughout the aforementioned towns - the towns which Liberty Utilities’ “Granite Bridge Pipeline” would go through - groups like Citizens for Local Control are currently organizing to get this issue on ballots for March, 2019. Then, we’ll have the final say. Either yes or no; pipeline or no pipeline.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, from 1-3 p.m. at Epping Community Church, Citizens for Local Control will be hosting a “Can The Tank” food-drive event. We’ll be collecting canned and non-perishable foods for donation to Epping Food Pantry, and folks will have the opportunity to meet & speak with some of their fellow community members who are standing up for our rights to control our local resources.

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there supporting the well-being of our communities!

Jordan Dickenson & Joe Perry

Citizens for Local Control

Epping and Exeter