No To Northern Pass opposes the Northern Pass project, a high-voltage electric transmission line that would impact more than 95,000 acres in New Hampshire. As a voice for opponents of this project, we share the goals and views of people and organizations across the Granite State and beyond: that Northern Pass will have negative impacts and is a bad deal for New Hampshire’s residents.
What Is Northern Pass?
A high-voltage electric transmission line running 192 miles through New Hampshire to bring hydropower from Québec to the New England electric grid.
This project requires tower structures up to 155 feet high and rights of way up to 410 feet wide. With towers placed roughly every 800 feet, Northern Pass will cut a swath through some of New Hampshire’s most scenic landscapes, including the White Mountain National Forest, the Pondicherry division of the Silvio Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, private conservation lands, numerous wetlands, and other areas.
This project will degrade natural and recreation resources of state, regional and national importance.
How Will This Project Affect You?
Northern Pass will not only change the environment and physical landscape, but also profoundly damage the local and regional economy.
The potential destruction of national parks, protected lands, and New Hampshire’s “viewsheds” is unacceptable. These areas are a major draw for visitors and represent a significant investment in New Hampshire’s future. Without a doubt, this project will have major economic implications for tourism and other associated industries here in the Granite State.
The economic implications continue with home and property value depreciation, destruction of potential agricultural lands, and increased dependence on foreign energy.
With New Hampshire’s total and per capita energy consumption among the lowest in the nation, how would residents benefit? They won’t. Due to the first 140 miles of the line being high-voltage direct current (DC), residents, businesses, and power suppliers cannot “plug into” the line to obtain or sell electric power.
This project is not about access to clean energy — it is about an unfair market advantage, cloaked in false “green” promises. Northern Pass would effectively turn New Hampshire into a giant extension cord to southern New England.
This map showing areas of potential impact on natural and historic resources was compiled by Peter Roth, Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for the Public in the review of Northern Pass by the state Site Evaluation Committee.