SOURCE: Le Devoir
AUTHOR: Karl Rettino-Parazelli
AUTO-TRANSLATED VERSION: Hydro-Québec says it will not pay “a penny” for the burial of the US portion of the Northern Passline power line and that the bill will be returned to US consumers. If it turns out that the project is not profitable, it will be abandoned, she insists.
The Crown corporation strongly reacted Wednesday to an article in the Journal de Montréal stating that it would pay $500 million to bury the high voltage line in US territory, while it refuses to do so for part of the line Québec-New Hampshire, the Quebec portion of the project.
“We will not pay a penny for the Northern Pass project on the US side. These are American consumers who will pay the cost of transport on their territory through their electricity rates,” said Hydro-Quebec in a statement.