Send Comments to PUC Dockets
ABOUT PUC DOCKETS & COMMENTING
READ CURRENT COMMENTS ON THE DOCKET
Familiarize yourself with key issues by going to the docket for the PUC issue you want to comment on. Scroll to the bottom to read comments from ECHO Action members, Sierra Club NH, the Conservation Law Foundation and environmental advocates from across New Hampshire. Many of those commenting have been engaged in doing this work for quite a while. Reading their statements may guide you in writing your own comments.
SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE PUC
Who should write comments to the PUC
• Residents of pipeline impacted and abutting towns
• Select Boards (individuals and/or as a Board)
• Planning Boards, Conservation Commissions, Energy Committees
• Climate action organizations, community groups and town/city committees
• Pipeline/fracked gas/fossil fuel opposition groups
• Parent-Teacher-Student Organizations
• Students, Teachers, Principals, Parents
WHAT CONCERNS TO ADDRESS
Liberty Utilities Pipelines
• Cost of the pipeline and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) tank
• Stranded costs when infrastructure is becomes obsolete
• Lack of benefits to ratepayers
• Unfulfilled promises of municipal revenue
• Cities that have had to pay back revenue when infrastructure was deemed less profitable than promised (Bow NH)
• Capacity/ability/experience of the company to manage a project of this size (largest project they've ever proposed)
• 2.2% leak rate of existing pipelines
• Fines for failure to report leaks
• Fines for failure to inspect pipelines
• Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) under water sources or near aquifers & wells and drilling mud leaks
• Climate change impacts of expanded methane gas combustion
• Failure to consider renewable energy projects over gas
HOW TO COMMENT
It is very important to submit comments to the PUC docket. This lets the PUC staff know what community members are concerned about.
• Reading the comments of others may help you in choosing key aspects of the project to comment on. Take your time, this is important. Ask others to proofread.
• Add links to any research or quotes you refer to in your comments.
• Your comments don't have to be technical. Simply state your concerns. Data to back up claims is important.
• You may submit comments more than once if additional concerns arise or if you become aware of things the PUC should be informed of.
DOCKETS & HEARINGS
CURRENT PIPELINE / GAS RELATED DOCKETS AT NH PUC
HOW TO SEND PREPARED COMMENTS
• Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mail comments:
Ms. Debra Rowland
Executive Director and Secretary
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 10
Concord, NH 03301
RE: (Docket #) (Project title)
ATTEND PUC HEARINGS IN PERSON
Most of the time, the public is not able to comment at PUC proceedings, however, your presence is noted.
• When you attend a hearing, you must sign in. Your name, associated with comments you've written, reinforces how serious you are about your concerns.
• Public visibility at the hearing is a visual reminder of pubic concern about the infrastructure project.
• Attending PUC hearings can give insight into plans the utility has or weaknesses in their submission.
• If possible, attend hearings and write comments about dockets that are outside of your local area. Issues that arise on one project can be applied to other projects by the same company. Air and water pollution and climate change are not localized issues.