To The Daily Sun,
Franklin resident Stephen Pascucci has publicized his letter against Hydro-Quebec's "business practices" and against its plan for degradation of New Hampshire's scenic beauty. I heard Mr. Pascucci, at the Plymouth DOE hearing, enter his statement into the record. He received deserved applause.
He made me remember the scene in the "Northern Trespass" movie shown recently at Franklin Opera House, and that Hydro-Quebec's big guns, one of them, used the word "conquer," as in, "We feel we have conquered Quebec's northern wilds!" Something like that, glossing over that Hydro-Quebec took from the Cree and Inuit peoples and the caribou herds, too, the place they need for their survival and have always had. When the movie was made, Hydro-Quebec had dammed thirteen of 16 formerly wild rivers, made them cement-sided and stone-cut sided water sluices with machinery and buildings, where once they were fordable and inviting waterways with life-supporting shoreline, quiet.
The water bodies created behind the new dams cover over forests, so now the water releases methane gas into our planet's air. So much for full-page newspaper ads that make everything seem right with the Northern Pass project. Those ads give good revenue to our newspapers, yes, but the lies and deceptions are ugly testimony to the company's disregard for New Hampshire's people and land.
Our accepting Hydro-Quebec's destruction of a place that we cannot see, for electricity-generation, would be like a reputable museum dropping former standards and knowingly accepting art masterpieces looted from Jewish owners during WWII. As if having them overrides the means to having them.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton said it well when, at one DOE hearing, he said Northern Pass should pack up and go home. Franklin residents might want to look into the height of the new towers that would invade their town if they have the converter station, and also that existing lines would be replaced with very high towers. Franklin residents might at last agree with Ray Burton, but don't want to wait until it is too late and they have sold off for tax revenue what they'll regret losing.
Lynn Rudmin Chong