My Turn: Bury Northern Pass? Only if bury means kill
Dear Bury Northern Pass advocates and friends:
Way back when, I said and wrote that if we got sucked into the void of arguing the how and why of this horrendous project, we were done, finished, nada – killed by arguing about the minutia.
For me, it’s always been to oppose the project, period. I bemoaned this group’s very name, “Bury Northern Pass,” because to some it connotes acceptance of burying the line.
I thought, “Well, maybe we can regard it as just bury the project itself, as in ‘kill.’ ”
Perhaps I was wrong. I cannot and will not be part of any protest connoting that burial is acceptance. A buried line still leaves a scar across one of the most beautiful landscapes left in all of New Hampshire.
How in the hell did we allow ourselves to slip gently into that good night of thinking that a buried line is acceptable?
Along railroad beds or interstates, maybe. Anywhere else, just plain no. I worry that down-the-line property owners and view-lovers will cave in to burial at the expense of up-the-line property owners and landscape lovers.
They might be spared massive corridor cutting and high towers at our expense. Will they care about 31 miles of entirely new transmission corridors in the unspoiled Upper Coös?
Yield to burial? Not for me.
Northern Pass is still a Far North-devastating, get-rich-quick scheme for private gain, and treats the North Country and New Hampshire with disrespect, as a doormat, a sluice-pipe for Hartford, Conn., and New York City, and now perhaps would misuse eminent domain to circumvent what we’ve fought for so long.
And at the bottom line, it’s all about greed, not need. We should fight against this project in toto because it is just plain wrong, high or low, and I will send this message everywhere I can.
(John Harrigan lives in Colebrook.)