The Power of Place – Thought for the Day, April 18, 2013

The Power of Place: Northern Pass Documentary

Transmission towers such as these could be erected as part of Northern Pass.

One of the issues that concerns New Hampshire residents about the Northern Pass project is the lack of information. In the portion of the route that is already part of the right of way, we know that Northern Pass will erect a combination of steel lattice towers (like those pictures) and steel monopoles that range in height from 80 to 130 feet, but they haven’t stated how many poles of each will be used and where. They will also need to widen the right of way for much of the route, conceivably creating a visual blight in places where one doesn’t currently exist. but again, we don’t know how much and where.

An even bigger mystery is where the exact route of the new corridor in Coos County will be. Of course, this makes it hard for residents to know how and if they will be impacted, and it has created a big question mark in regards to property values throughout the north country. Northern Pass has consistently missed their own deadlines for revealing the route.

They said they’d announce the route at the end of March, but that didn’t happen. Same thing for the end of 2012, Sept. 2012, August 2012, and fourth quarter 2011. What’s the hold up?



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