Majority support mandate to bury Northern Pass lines - 68 participants

Mar 31, 2014

Recently, the NH Senate held a public hearing on HB 569, which would require the state Site Evaluation Committee to give preference to any plan or project, including Northern Pass, that bury electrical lines and place them along public rights of way. On March 31, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH mandate burial of the Northern Pass transmission line?”

“Should NH mandate burial of the Northern Pass transmission line?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Northern Pass Line Burial NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 68 participants gave 153 responses

A total of 58% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 42% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 68 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 239 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: An overwhelming majority, at 64% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of mandating burial of the Northern Pass transmission line. 

  • “Draping ugly lines across the picturesque scenes of NH's greatest vistas is an idea straight out of the book of bad ideas.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 36%, were opposed to mandating burial of the Northern Pass transmission line.   

  • “No. It’s just a power line.”

Other: As noted above, 42% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • "It doesn't matter to me what you do with transmission lines. The problem is that we are unable to be self sufficient in the first place."
  • "Why should NH customers be paying for this at all? The Northern Pass project is to bring electricity to southern New England, not NH."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 569 (2014)
Bill Status: Tabled in the Senate
Hearing date: Mar 19, 2014

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