EPPING — The town’s voters on Tuesday approved a measure to give residents a voice on a project to create a liquefied natural gas storage facility in town.
Voters approved a "Right to Decide" resolution by a vote of 654 to 222. Article 31 asked voters their opinion on their right to decide if the liquefied natural gas storage facility as part of Liberty Utilities’ proposed Granite Bridge project should be located in West Epping. While nonbinding, the article also calls for the Legislature and governor to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot allowing towns to decide this issue for themselves.
Joe Perry, whose wife Barbara originated the petitioned warrant article, on Wednesday said he was pleased with the results. "It's tremendous, considering the low turnout at the election," he said.
While the resolution doesn't stop the project, Perry said it is a snapshot of how Epping's people feel. "We want our voices heard," he said. "We want a seat at the table."
Liberty Utilities is proposing to a 27-mile, 16-inch diameter natural gas pipeline along Route 101 through Manchester, Candia, Auburn, Epping, Raymond, Brentwood, Exeter and Stratham. It would include a 2 billion cubic foot, 160-foot-high, 200-foot-wide storage and redistribution facility at an abandoned quarry in West Epping.