Franconia Notch chamber opposes Northern Pass
In a recent statement, the chamber cited impact on the tourism industry as a major concern, and expressed the view that the project “may not contribute in any meaningful way to the region’s long-term economic health, reducing both tourism, local property values, and our renowned quality of life in New Hampshire’s North Country.”
Chambers in the heavily developed southern tier of the state have come out in support of the project, while North Country chambers have been opposed. The Franconia Notch chamber joins chambers in Colebrook, Plymouth and Littleton in voting against the Northern Pass, while chambers in Nashua, Manchester and Rochester have endorsed it.
The regulated utility, a subsidiary or Northeast Utilities, has scheduled a series of informational luncheons for state lawmakers from Aug. 7 to Sept. 13, starting at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester and ending at the Portsmouth Sheraton.Other stops along the way include Nashua, Keene, Berlin, Laconia and Concord.
“We’ve listened and improved our route from our original proposal and continue to solicit feedback from residents and legislators on how we can address additional concerns going forward,” Skelton said.
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