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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.)

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Recently driving through Canada. I saw only buried utilities even in rural areas. That is what they want for themselves but if money is involved - to hell with those in US - they don't deserve same as we have.....

John...I couldn't agree more. NP is an effort, not exactly a get-rich quick scheme, to get a cash infusion into PSNH. They now own all the rights-of-way they are pushing for NP lines and they would get rental fees for any electricity they carried. Of course, they would find lots of reasons not to pay any taxes to the towns they pass thru. So, i sincerely hope it dies a silent death-and soon !!

Yea - who needs electricity when we have lamp oil

Massive visual purist ignorance. HEADLINE: "Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage" THIS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE . Build it now

and John gets his power from...wait for it...a power line.

John Harrigan is an important and effective player in the opposition to Northern Pass. And staking out the "just say no" position is valuable. In a political process, the outcome often reflects a balancing of viewpoints and interests, and John's position will help push the outcome more toward the people's side. "Bury Northern Pass" and its creator are absolutely central to the opposition effort. BNP is the heart and soul of the fight against Northern Pass and the laboring oar in the work program. BNP does more than virtually anyone knows and deserves huge praise. Let's also keep an accurate history. When the legislature adopted HB648 and took away eminent domain from Northern Pass, the North Country was handed a gun with a silver bullet. If North Country landowners had followed John's beliefs and "just said no", NP would have been killed outright. But many North Country landowners sold out. The sellers gave NP a virtually complete route, thereby leaving the rest of the state at risk. Sorry, John, but you have this part backwards in your letter.

blackouts coming and their solution is - more windmills?

No, they don't want them either.

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