To ensure that New Hampshire’s economy and environment are protected from potentially dangerous diluted bitumen oil, or “tar sands oil,” pipelines, Governor Maggie Hassan sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the State Department to conduct a thorough environmental and permitting process before allowing any existing pipelines in New Hampshire to transport tar sands oil.
“I am writing to ask you to act to protect New Hampshire’s economy and environment,” Governor Hassan wrote. “The State of New Hampshire has limited authority over pipelines that cross state borders and therefore relies heavily on federal review and regulation. It also receives little or no benefit from their presence in the state. However, should anything go wrong with such a pipeline – a leak or worse – New Hampshire’s taxpayers bear the responsibility and cost of cleanup.”