I think about the name, “Northern Pass”, often. It sounds so cordial. It sounds like the innocuous name of a hiking trail, or ski trail for that matter, no? Well it’s not that benign. In fact, it’s not benign at all.
The “Northern Pass” is a clever name for a proposed intrusive hydropower energy project that has the potential to devastate the environment from Pittsburg to Deerfield on a massive scale with a 192 mile high-voltage transmission line and is the antithesis of what we expect when we seek out nature and awe inspiring wilderness while traversing, either by foot, ski, vehicle, the woodland mountains and rolling landscapes of New Hampshire.
There are 77 steel pylons proposed for Concord alone. That is New Hampshire’s state capitol!
It was revealed at a public hearing that these high voltage transmission lines emit a low level amount of noise with increasing noise during humid days.
Precious viewsheds revered by tourists, beloved by residents, and essential to businesses will be obstructed.
Property owners will be impacted, conservation land is being threatened, home values will be depressed.
By not burying the entire transmission line (and not in New Hampshire’s small historic towns but proper places like highways/utilities corridors), Northern Pass creates “winners” (and the “winners” don’t feel so lucky with good reason) and “losers”.
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Make your voice heard or forever see towers!
~Sign the PETITION to Bury or Stop the Northern Pass here: http://www.conservationmediagroup.org/bury-or-stop-northern-pass-petition
~Write to New Hampshire Governor Hassan directly: http://governor.nh.gov
~Email your comment against the Northern Pass to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) Administrator, Pamela G. Monroe, at: Pamela.Monroe@sec.nh.gov
For information on the SEC process visit:
The Northern Pass Site Evaluation Committee SEC docket at http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2015-06/2015-06.htm
Potential environmental and economic impacts from the proposed Northern Pass high power transmission line: http://www.clf.org/northern-pass/potential-impacts/
See Forest Society’s Northern Pass March 2016 update and photo with “orange balloon of truth” demonstrating the height of just a 100 foot high support tower and visual impact here: https://www.forestsociety.org/blog-post/northern-pass-update-march-2016
To see where the Northern Pass route is proposed for your town or town(s) you enjoy visiting for recreation, like Coleman State Park for example, visit: http://www.northernpass.us/towns.htm
Where the towers will be visible before they go underground in Bethlehem: http://www.northernpass.us/bethlehem-nh.htm
For an important article about impacts and visual simulations read: http://www.notonorthernpass.com/2016/03/30/dont-take-information-face-value-research-np/. Visit these sites but given the source not sure how reliable it is. As the article above says, check data against what you’re familiar with: http://www.northernpasseis.us/library/draft-eis/visual-impact-assessment/ and/or click on the towns here for impacts: http://www.northernpass.us/towns.htm.