To The Daily Sun,
For three years, the State of New Hampshire has been dealing with the prospect of Northern Pass, a high voltage power line project from Hydro Quebec, slicing down the center of our state right through some of our most beautiful tourism-dependent areas including the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Hiking Trail and paralleling and crossing I-93 for miles, one of the most scenic highways in the world. A new study by the Appalachian Mountain Club says the towers for the Northern Pass project would "visually impact" about 95,000 acres in the state. That includes about 3,000 acres in the White Mountain National Forest and 9,000 acres around Concord. If Northern Pass is approved, the State of New Hampshire will be changed forever.
This month the Department of Energy will be conducting Environmental Impact Hearings to register citizen's views on Northern Pass. Hearings will be held in Concord on 9/23, Plymouth, 9/24, Whitefield 9/25, and West Stewartstown 9/26. Fight northern pass.org has the times and locations.
The DOE's concern is, Will Northern Pass meet the public's benefit? Now, more than ever, people need to enumerate all the many ways in which Northern Pass fails to benefit New Hampshire. Mark your calendar for these important meetings. If you love New Hampshire, if you want to protect it from a greedy, for-profit, foreign-based multi-national corporation that wants to exploit NH for an unnecessary project, be there and be counted.