NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Votes to Bypass Process that Protects Local Communities, Force Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

Ayotte Also Supported Amendment to Ship More Natural Gas Overseas and Send New Hampshire Electricity Rates Skyrocketing 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte voted today to disregard the federal review process and force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. A thorough State Department review ensures that the views of local communities are heard and that the environmental impacts and safety concerns of any project are considered.
“The people of New Hampshire believe strongly that the views of local communities must be heard when considering any large-scale energy project, and hundreds of Granite Staters signed our petition urging Kelly Ayotte to put local communities first, not special interests,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte’s vote to cut out the voices of local communities isn’t just bad for this project, it also sets a dangerous precedent for projects here in New Hampshire like Northern Pass, the Portland-Montreal pipeline, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline,”

By supporting this bill to bypass the normal review process for the Keystone XL pipeline, Kelly Ayotte has now voted to forgo the very same review process that would be critical to protecting the interests of New Hampshire communities when it comes to projects like Northern Pass and the Portland-Montreal pipeline.

Kelly Ayotte also voted yesterday in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill introduced by Ted Cruz to send more natural gas overseas. Experts show the amendment could lead to a tripling in natural gas prices, sending electricity rates soaring in New Hampshire.
“Kelly Ayotte’s support for sending more of our natural gas overseas, which would drive up prices even further in our region, shows once again that she is more concerned with her special interest backers than the people and businesses of our state,” added Buckley.