Now that the bill designed to block the Northern Pass project from using eminent domain to acquire private land has passed the New Hampshire House without debate (House Bill 648) and is moving onto the governor, there is one simple fact that needs to be understood by ALL New Englanders.
Northern Pass is NOT about eminent domain rights and laws. In fact, Northern Pass has stated time and again that it does not want to use eminent domain to acquire the small amount of land it needs!
What Northern Pass IS about is bringing much-needed clean, renewable and affordable energy to New Hampshire and creating the thousands of local jobs that will come along with constructing and maintaining the project … and NOT at the expense of landowners or by scarring the landscape.
Even Gov. Lynch has said he supports bringing more renewable power to New Hampshire and believes hydropower from Canada should not be dismissed.
These important elements aside, the Northern Pass project already has much of the right-of-way to construct the lines and substations required to help ease New Hampshire’s energy needs. Some of that land was purchased at more than fair market value from landowners.
But Northern Pass is anything BUT a land-grab. The company is trying to acquire needed land through purchase or easements.
Northern Pass spokesman Martin Murray has said the company has transmission rights for the majority of the proposed route — from the southernmost terminal to just north of Groveton — and does not want to use eminent domain.
“There is no intention on the part of the project to use eminent domain … It’s not something we’re dependent on,” Murray has said.
So, the issue becomes PROVIDING POWER TO NEW HAMPSHIRE and PROVIDING GREEN LOCAL JOBS TO LOCAL ELECTRICAL WORKERS … and that is why IBEW Local 104 supports Northern Pass and asks you to SIGN THE NORTHERN PASS PETITION.