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Thousands submit comments on NH's Northern Pass

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thousands of people have weighed in on New Hampshire's proposed Northern Pass electric transmission proposal, many to suggest alternative ways to build the project, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Energy.

More than 6,400 individuals submitted more than 4,700 substantive comments either online, by mail or in person at a series of public meetings about the $1.4 billion proposal, the report shows. The DOE considered a comment substantive if it was specific to the project, within the scope of the review and included supporting reasons. They'll all be considered when the department completes its environmental impact statement. Comments that were opinion or too general won't be considered.

Northern Pass would run 187 miles from Canada to southern New Hampshire, carrying 1,200 megawatts of electricity to southern New England markets. Opponents say the mostly overland lines would scar the landscape, cut property values and hurt tourism. Project backers say it would create jobs and provide clean hydropower.

The report released Friday did not identify specific comments, only broad topics.

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