We need your help to completely bury the Northern Pass . . . to either bury the project as proposed so that it never sees the light of day or bury the transmission lines completely underground along existing north-south transportation corridors. Either outcome is only possible if we can count on you to help keep New Hampshire landscapes from being permanently scarred. Eversource and Hydro-Quebec want to build more than 40 miles of new transmission line in northern New Hampshire. They want to impact three conserved Forest Society Reservations. They want us to accept their insulting offer to bury only one third of the 190-mile line, leaving most communities along the route with unwanted visual blight. They want to cut closer yet to homes, playgrounds and schools. They want to take something from all of us.
The allure of potential profits makes it hard for Goliaths like Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities) and Hydro-Quebec to listen when regular people say no. Instead, their response is often to hire more lobbyists and more lawyers in an attempt to impose their will on citizens.
Together, however, we are not defenseless and the time has come to mount that defense.
To ensure that the legal process does not ignore those who care deeply about New Hampshire’s scenic landscapes and conserved lands, today we need to raise $750,000 for the Trees Not Towers Defense Fund. If you want to help stop Northern Pass once and for all, please give today.
The Forest Society has legal and ethical obligations to defend conserved lands from unnecessary commercial development like Northern Pass. But we must be prepared. The Trees Not Towers Defense Fund will enable us to pay for the attorneys, expert testimony and other associated costs involved in a serious engagement in the formal permitting process and the legal defense of conservation lands, including those that block the Northern Pass route.
With your help we can bury the threats Northern Pass represents:
- The threat to the scenic–and in many places historic–landscape we all enjoy (see tower heights graphic).
- The threat to property rights.
- The threat to lands specifically conserved to prevent commercial development and transmission lines.
- The threats to wildlife and natural resources from direct environmental impacts from construction and ongoing maintenance of overhead lines, including 500 miles of new roads.
- The threats to our economy and property values, as evidenced already in our real estate industry.
We need your contribution today to help us defend New Hampshire and our quality of life. None of us can afford to stand by and let Hydro-Quebec, in partnership with out-of-state corporate interests, destroy what we value.
Four years ago, I wrote to you to ask for your help in protecting New Hampshire’s landscape from what was then a new proposal marketed as “Northern Pass.” At that time Northern Pass predicted that they would be building the proposed line by 2014, erecting some 1,100 towers across 180 miles of our scenic state. Thanks to you, that prediction has not come true. But we need your help once again.
Three years ago, thanks to your help, the New Hampshire legislature passed and then-Governor John Lynch signed into law a bill making it clear that private transmission projects like Northern Pass cannot use the state’s power of eminent domain to take land and rights from landowners without their consent.
Two years ago, thanks to your help, we announced the successful completion of the first of several conservation easements undertaken by landowners to deny Northern Pass legal access to their proposed route. Without eminent domain, Northern Pass does not have a legal means of building what they propose to build.
One year ago, we worked with partners to change the permitting process to give communities and private landowners more say in what happens when corporate interests show up on our collective doorstep looking to advantage themselves.
Northern Pass has yet to adequately explain why other transmission developers are able to propose and build underground lines that will deliver electricity from the same source in Quebec to the same markets in southern New England and in New York. In Maine, Vermont, and New York, multiple underwater and underground proposals for new transmission using new technology are on track.
In the meantime, Northern Pass adjusted their proposal to include burial of the line where it would pass through the White Mountain National Forest. It's a start, but it's not acceptable for Northern Pass to bury only one-third of the line while leaving most communities along the route with unwanted towers as high as 155 feet tall.
A draft Environmental Impact Statement was published in July by the federal Department of Energy. The DOE is now reworking the draft to reflect Northern Pass's adjustments. Despite the overwhelming opposition to their proposal, Northern Pass has submitted its application to the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee, which will review the proposal over the coming months. The time to act is now. We must be prepared. We’re worth it.
Our landscape and our lifestyles are at risk. With your help, New Hampshire won’t be the site of the last overhead transmission line to ever scar the landscape. Act now and help us bury Northern Pass. Please give generously to the Trees NOT Towers Defense Fund today.
For more information, contact Susanne Kibler-Hacker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-224-9945.