Published Aug 16, 2014
We support the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in their opposition to what's known as the Northern Pass Power Line Project.
Without electricity you would not be able to read this. Our objections to the proposed Northern Pass power line project in New Hampshire are neither a diatribe against being on "the grid" nor a call to return to the dark ages.
Thru-hikers and other folks used to the outdoors understand that you can live without "power," but having lights, warm food, hot water and heat makes life more comfortable.
We understand that electricity created in one area must be delivered to other areas over power lines. That's not the issue.
We object to the proposed 186-mile transmission line that will irreversibly destroy the scenery of the White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch State Park, the Appalachian Trail and along more than 100,000 acres throughout the state.
Just as society regulates the size, shape and color of construction projects in every corner of America -- for the public good -- we believe the Northern Pass Project should be held to the same standards.
You do not have the right to erect a 156-foot tower in your backyard. We do not believe power companies have the right to erect more than 1,500 new and 700 relocated transmission towers along the proposed 186-mile corridor, many of which will pollute the view up to a half-mile from the corridor.
You can learn more at www.outdoors.org/northernpass and make your voice heard, but there's not much time.
The proposed towers will be 66% to 300% taller (80--152 feet tall) than the existing 52-foot supports, which are below the tree canopy. Instead of enjoying the unique rugged beauty of creation, the landscape will be dominated by power lines looming over hills and forests. A new 32-mile swath will also be cut through forests from Dummer to the Canadian border.
AMC Vice-President for Conservation Susan Arnold says, "As proposed, this private, for-profit energy project would cause enormous damage to New Hampshire's public resources, communities, and second-largest industry, the tourism economy."
Northern Pass's June 2013 preferred route for the northernmost 74-miles is of great concern to AMC and others who value northern New Hampshire's character and rugged beauty.
The Appalachian Mountain Club has created a video that gives viewers a "bird's eye view" of the proposed route of the Northern Pass electric transmission line and a way to see which towns, public lands, and views will be impacted by the project's power lines and steel towers along the 186-mile route.
Tags: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, News, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Appalachian Mountain Club
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