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16-8 Senate vote effectively kills bill to bury Northern Pass lines
“We’re pleased the New Hampshire Senate recognizes that HB 569 would have discouraged efforts in our state and the region to address energy challenges and secure a more reliable energy future for New Hampshire electric consumers,” said Lauren Collins, a spokesperson for Public Service of New Hampshire, one of the project sponsors.
Supporters of the bill pointed out that it does not mandate burying the lines, but only requires the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to give preference to that approach for transmission projects not deemed essential to grid reliability.
“We need jobs in New Hampshire,” he said. “We don’t need obstacles to new jobs.”
The debate reflected a split in the state in which many North Country chambers of commerce and towns have gone on record against Northern Pass, while communities to the south are supporting it.
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