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Easton: Northern Pass Team On Hot Seat
Public Hearing On Northern Pass Nov. 18 In Franconia
By Robert Blechl, Staff Writer
Caledonian RecordEASTON -- As they did in Franconia and Sugar Hill last month, a Northern Pass team visited Easton Monday for a similar project presentation and were met with dozens of area residents and town representatives who came prepared with many questions that put them on the hot seat.
Although the line as revised in August replaces the proposed towers in Easton with 9.4 miles of underground line buried along the shoulders and travel lanes of Routes 116 and 112, many residents were concerned about environmental impacts and impacts to residential properties.
Summing up Monday evening's sentiment, Easton Conservation Commission Chairman Roy Stever said, "People in this town deserve your transparency."
The first question asked was what has now become the burning question in the tri-town area -- why can't the line be buried along Interstate 93.
Attorney Mark Hodgdon, contracted by Northern Pass, said there are a number of reasons I-93 won't work, among them the N.H. Department of Transportation saying that utilities such as Eversource, the parent company of Northern Pass, must show extreme hardship to use any of their corridors.
But Selectman Debbie Stever pointed out that the DOT several years ago identified I-93 as an energy corridor.
Hodgdon said he is aware of that, but did not comment further.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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