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Bonner hosting documentary screening to get youths involved in Northern Pass discussion

Last modified: 7/19/2013 12:24:32 AM
Kids these days. What do they like? Well, they like movies, and they like celebrities. So a locally grown celebrity has thrown his name and his presence behind an event designed to get young people informed about what he sees as the downsides of the Northern Pass project.

Matt Bonner, a Concord High School graduate who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, is hosting a screening and discussion of Northern Trespass, a documentary about the potential impact of the proposed power transmission lines from Quebec to Deerfield.

Bonner has been a critic of the plan since it was announced in 2010, but he said that at the events he’s attended, he noticed the attendees’ ages skewed toward the retiree end of the spectrum.

“This is, if anything, more important to the younger generation because it’s going to affect them more than anything. . . . This project, if it were to happen, is going to be a part of their lives for longer, part of their kids’ lives, and their kids’ kids are going to have to live with this,” Bonner said.

“Besides, it could open up a Pandora’s box, setting a precedent, and if something like this can happen in our state, what’s to say more corporations aren’t going to come in with projects like this?”

The movie provides an overview of Northern Pass and the arguments against it, to counter what Bonner called the deep pockets of the companies behind the project.

“They have the money to put a heck of a PR campaign together and really try to push the information that they want pushed across to make the project look like somehow it will help our state,” he said.

“Once people get educated, it’s a no-brainer: They have to either bury (the transmission lines) or scrap it altogether, and the key is the awareness.”

Bonner has rented the main theater in Red River Theatres, where the film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Bonner will stay after the film to moderate a question-and-answer session with filmmakers Jan Marvel and Michelle Vaughn. Tickets for the event are $5.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)


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