Liberty Utilities' natural gas pipeline proposal gets its first close-up with the public tonight in Epping.
The company will hold an open house to answer questions about the project, known as Granite Bridge.
The 27-mile proposed pipeline would run underground along Route 101 from Stratham to Manchester. Liberty also wants to build a liquefied natural gas storage facility in an empty quarry in Epping.
Wednesday’s open house marks the start of public input on the project, as Liberty works to get Granite Bridge approved.
The utility says the $340 million project would increase customers' bills slightly, but by much less than if Liberty instead paid to upgrade existing infrastructure to meet demand.
A bipartisan group of state senators said this week they support Granite Bridge. Other larger natural gas proposals have faced public opposition and failed in the state in recent years.
The open house is from 5 to 8 p.m. on what the utility calls an informal, drop-in basis, at Josiah’s Meetinghouse in Epping.