To the Editor:

In the letter “It’s Never Too Late to Create a Just, Clean World” published recently in your paper, several points about the Granite Bridge pipeline proposal need correction or clarification.

I’m the business manager of Laborer's Union Local 976, representing members who work on and build projects just like Granite Bridge. In fact, we’ll be helping to build Granite Bridge once it’s approved.

The pipeline will be built using the latest technology, which prevents corrosion and other wear and tear. When construction crews encounter a river or other sensitive environmental areas, they will directionally drill very deep below to avoid any disruptions and ensure that the soil and water supplies are protected. The pipeline will also be tested to 150 percent of its actual operating pressure, and then maintained and inspected several times per year to ensure it stays in top shape. Most important, the pipeline will be located entirely with the Department of Transportation’s Right of Way along Route 101. No private land at all will be used.

The author also suggested a very one-sided, hypothetical view of what he or she believes are “true costs” of the project. But one should also consider the “true costs” of not building the Granite Bridge.

Natural gas is the cheapest and most efficient way to heat homes and businesses; some businesses even use it for heat in their manufacturing processes. If we can’t increase our natural gas supply, businesses will look elsewhere to locate or expand. Residents will be forced to continue burning dirtier fuel supplies to heat their homes. Heating prices will continue to skyrocket in the winter months, straining the wallets of businesses and residents alike.

I encourage everyone to learn more about Granite Bridge at its website, so they can weigh the “true costs” – and understand the project’s many benefits - themselves.

David Spechuilli

Epping