Residents in western New Hampshire are concerned that an investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure could affect environmental issues in the region.
The state Public Utilities Commission is considering bids from two utility companies - Valley Green and Liberty Utilities - that want to provide natural gas to customers in Lebanon and Hanover. The Valley News reports that both proposals would truck in natural gas to a Lebanon depot and distribute it to customers through an underground distribution pipeline.
Residents worry that the move could delay investment in renewable energy necessary to limit the effects of climate change. But Valley Green's president says establishing a natural gas distribution system would allow for greater investment.
The PUC is scheduled to hold a March 1 hearing on Valley Green's proposal.