- Associated Press - Friday, January 15, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s attorney general wants to weigh in on federal agency’s consideration of a natural gas pipeline that would pass through state parks and forests.

Attorney General Joseph Foster says he’s filed documents to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s consideration of Kinder Morgan’s application for a certificate of public need for the proposed 11,900-mile pipeline.

The pipeline, known as the Northeast Energy Direct project, would cross 70 miles of southern New Hampshire to pipe natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to the Northeast.

“This project could potentially have significant impacts on the State and its citizens, including the hundreds of property owners whose lands will be affected,” Foster said Friday. “I will be participating in the FERC process to protect the State of New Hampshire and its citizens through the proper enforcement of New Hampshire’s consumer protection, antitrust, and environmental laws, as well as applicable federal laws.”

Other New Hampshire agencies are also seeking to intervene. They include the Public Utilities Commission, Fish and Game and the Department of Resources and Economic Development, the Governor’s Office of Energy and Planning, the Site Evaluation Committee, and the Department of Transportation.

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