THIS YEAR is the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail, while 2011 was the 100th of legislation that helped establish the White Mountain National Forest. Beth Daley points out the passionate opposition to the proposed Northern Pass electricity transmission line project — a passion that should extend to all those who celebrate these anniversaries as achievements in the efforts to conserve and make available to the public these national treasures (“They’re finding the power to just say no; Many in North Country unite against hydroelectric project ,” Page A1, Dec. 23). Northern Pass will cut through both the national forest and the Appalachian Trail
Daley notes that “Northern Pass has rejected suggestions to bury the lines or place them along highways” as too expensive or technically impossible, yet a New Hampshire commission found that these alternatives were both feasible and preferable. Meanwhile a project partner, Hydro-Quebec, advocates line burial given current technologies. Other states now require new transmission lines be buried for aesthetic reasons and for protection against outages in our era of increasingly violent storms.
Northern Pass’s intransigence on this issue is about money. Such greed is no excuse to permanently scar what has been set aside as a national asset for all of us.