Truth out: 192 mile Line Buried All The Way Is Cost-Effective!

This week we learned that Eversource admits they could bury 60 mi. of the proposed 192 mi. Northern Pass. Bill Quinlan, Eversource spokesperson, and others, have continually insisted that burying the lines is not cost effective. This claim has been disproved by the NC Utilities Commission (Nov. 2003) which found underground (u/g) outage rates to be 50 percent less than overhead. MD Public Service Commission (Feb. 2000) found u/g lines had lower frequency and duration of outages. The Australian government (1998) found that high voltage u/g systems had 80 percent less outages than overhead. This information is all on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) website.

In his book, The Medium is the Message, Marshall McLuhan spelled out the strategy that lulls us, the public, into unspeakable deals for corporations. The message is that if people are lied to consistently and repeatedly, they will eventually begin to believe it is true. For six years, the Northern Pass, by whatever names it currently chooses to be called, has insisted that Burying the Lines is not cost effective. By simply ignoring what has already been learned and documented, their spokespersons repeatedly claim that burying is not cost effective. The key word here is “repeatedly.”

If overhead lines were cost effective, Eversource would not need to be buying off groups with hush money disguised as donations. Clearly, their sting is directed toward rate- payers at great cost to our health, industry, and renewable energy projects.

People come to Northern NH from all over the world to be refreshed by our forests, waterfalls, mountains, rivers they can swim in, the sheer wonder of unspoiled earth, as they travel along trails over granite slabs, through a land that still teems with wild life, where the night sky is dark enough that one can still see the stars.

Overhead lines eat away at our land. They are cost-prohibitive any way you look at them: more expensive to maintain and service, they crudely cut through living areas with roads to access them. They bring a promise of poor health conditions, turn away tourists seeking respite, destroy wildlife habitats, destroy family farms and networks, cause long outages in winter storms, and ignore common rights of way already in place.

A 192 mile line BURIED ALL THE WAY under a state right-of-way is definitely the least-destructive, most cost-effective choice for New Hampshire rate-paying citizens. Governor Hassan needs to hear from us. She can be contacted at 603-271-2121, or GovernorHassen@nh.gov.

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