Where do NH citizens stand on Northern Pass? - 372 responses

Apr 21, 2015

Recently, Eversource Energy (formerly PSNH) said they expect to complete the permitting process for the Northern Pass Project by the end of 2016. However, it is not a development with which the majority of Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Facebook members agree. 

In directly answering the question, “Do you support or oppose the Northern Pass Project?” 75% of respondents said they oppose it while 25% offered their support. 17% of all respondents, however, did not provide a clear answer to the question and instead discussed the subject in broader terms. In total, the LFDA received 372 citizen responses, including specific comments from 151 individuals supported by 112 concurrences.

Out of respondents who opposed the Northern Pass Project, many expressed concern for its impact on the surrounding landscape. Remarked one gentleman, “The towers and lines will destroy the natural beauty of our country side north of Concord.” Others questioned whether anyone in NH would benefit from the project, while others expressed concern about sourcing power from Canada. One woman added, “The jobs it will create will not go to NH residents. There is no such thing as clean power and taxes revenue will only go towards more frivolous spending by our elected officials.”

Several of those in favor of the Northern Pass Project, however, cited practical benefits. One respondent offered, “Solar is no answer nor is wind as neither is reliable. Hydroelectric is totally clean, cheap and an available resource.” Others suggested the project will stimulate the economy, as one respondent said, “[It] will generate good local jobs that working families can live on and stimulate local economies the whole length of the state.”

Roughly one-fifth of all respondents did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question. Some questioned data whether the Northern Pass Project will result in cheaper electricity, while others questioned the logic behind the question itself. Remarked one gentleman, “My support or opposition is irrelevant. If the land owners agree to the right-of-way, then that's for them to decide.”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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