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Letter: Should we trust Hydro Quebec?

I am concerned about Hydro Quebec’s business practices and how they may affect the validity of the environmental study being made along with this utility monopoly’s proposed deal with the people of New Hampshire.

I see a government-business that is regulated by the same government that operates it. I see a government-business whose idea of environmentalism is different from mine. I see a government-business that dug through mountains and rerouted whole rivers. I see a government-business that treats humans as obstacles to progress. What I see is a Cree Indian nation that said “no” and a government that forced its political will on a minority population and made it look like they said “yes.” When has that even been acceptable? I see a government-business that multiple times built on land that didn’t belong to it and found ways to make it legal after damage was done.

I ask you to consider that, based on its extensive historical precedents, this government-business – Hydro Quebec – may not honor all its promises and obligations and may, instead, seek to offer money – redirected from the pockets of its customers! – as its apology and leave us with a state more damaged than it once led us to believe. Please consider what happens when we cannot reverse the concrete and steel damage done to our local farms and families who helped build this state, to our forests and countryside, to our very own White Mountain National Forest.

STEPHEN PASCUCCI

Franklin

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