Northern Pass would have irreversible negative impact on New Hampshire’s natural treasures, including the scenic vistas, trails, and forests that draw millions of visitors each year. The high wires and clear cutting would scar the heart of the state, running through federal, state, and private forest land and wildlife areas. In addition, the environmental damage caused by hydroelectric power in Quebec watersheds has also caused significant damage to forests and First Nation tribal lands.
Economic: While Northern Pass would create some short-term construction jobs, the economic impact would not be long-lasting and would be outweighed by the loss of jobs caused by the decline in tourism. Other economic impacts would include home and property value depreciation, destruction of potential agricultural lands, and increased dependence on foreign energy.
Local Disruption: Eversource did not fully weigh the impact of construction on local communities, some of whom would face severe disruptions on local roads and business centers. Of the 31 cities and towns along the proposed route, all but one oppose Northern Pass.
No Ratepayer Benefit: Northern Pass would act as a giant extension cord, intended to bring power to Massachusetts and southern New England rather than to New Hampshire. As a result, Granite State ratepayers would see little or no additional benefit while incurring other significant negative impacts noted here.