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AMC voices Northern Pass opposition to New England governors

Appalachian Mountain Club Vice-President for Conservation Susan Arnold on July 9, 2014, sent letters to New England governors expressing AMC’s opposition to the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission line, and asked the rest of New England’s heads of state to stand with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, who has publicly stated her opposition to the project as proposed. 

The letters were sent in anticipation of the 38th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, to be hosted by Governor Hassan at Bretton Woods, N.H., July 13-15.

“We in New England deserve better than Northern Pass, and most especially New Hampshire deserves better. We will not trade away the majestic beauty of New Hampshire. We will insist on smart, modern, and well-planned energy projects that protect our invaluable natural and scenic resources, not compromise them,” Arnold wrote, in part.

Similar letters were sent to the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont. Read the letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick here and learn more about Northern Pass here.  

Appalachian Trail: Impact of the Northern Pass

The Appalachian Mountain Club continues to oppose the Northern Pass electric transmission line as proposed for several reasons. AMC is especially concerned about how the project would compromise public resources and adversely impact places of regional and national significance, including the White Mountain National Forest and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Watch this short video to see how Northern Pass could change your hiking experience.

See Northern Pass Through a Child's Eyes

The Appalachian Mountain Club is opposed to the Northern Pass proposal to erect 1,500 new electrical transmission towers through 185 miles of some of New Hampshire's most environmentally sensitive and scenic mountains, ridges, valleys, farms and forests. If this unnecessary and destructive project is approved, the children of today will be living with its consequences for their entire lives.

Through a new partnership with the Conservation Media Group (CMG), a non-profit group of filmmakers and conservationists, we'll be collaborating with our partners and distributing a range of videos to AMC supporters and New Hampshire residents.

How can you do your part? Take a few moments to hear from Tucker on the implications of the Northern Pass proposal from a 7-year-old's perspective. Then sign the petition asking Governor Hassan to take a stronger stand in opposition to Northern Pass. Tell her, "if Northern Pass does not agree to bury power lines, it should be stopped.”

AMC Releases Video Depicting Visual Impact of Northern Pass Planned Route
AMC has released a video series that shows the bird’s eye view of how drastically the New Hampshire landscape would be altered by the Northern Pass transmission line. The short video fly-over – which uses data taken straight from Northern Pass’s permit application – depicts how the 186-mile long proposed route may affect areas of national, local, and, for many, personal significance.

The area up to a half of a mile out on either side of the transmission line is shown, including the location and heights of new towers and existing ones that would be enlarged or moved. View the video >>

Background

The Appalachian Mountain Club opposes the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire, a 186-mile transmission line that will visually impact the White Mountain National Forest, Appalachian Trail, and over 95,000 acres throughout the state. Consistent with its energy policy. AMC has intervened in the permitting process in opposition to the project as proposed and is working with partners to raise concern about its visual, environmental, and economic impacts.

In late June 2013 after two years of delay, Northern Pass finally announced its preferred route for the northernmost 74 miles of its proposed 186-mile transmission line corridor. While Northern Pass has tried to promote this as a "new" and "better" route in a massive media campaign across New Hampshire, in fact, it is neither. The fundamental problems with the route in its entirety remain, as the project will still adversely impact the White Mountain National Forest, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Franconia Notch State Park, and more. AMC will continue to work with partners to raise concerns about the project, and will be performing a new visual impact analysis to take into account the more detailed information about tower heights and placement Northern Pass has included in its amended application to the Department of Energy.

Please keep an eye on this space as well for information about public comment opportunities, or join our Conservation Action Network to receive regular updates on Northern Pass.

 

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