Ayotte Says Northern Pass Should Pay To Have Lines Buried

Oct 23, 2013

Sen. Kelly Ayotte's town meeting at noon in Whitefield attracted about three dozen people. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Despite a modified route for the Northern Pass Project Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she still has “serious reservations” about the plan and the lines along the entire route should be buried.

“I am still very concerned about the impact on the beauty on the North Country and many other areas of the state,” she told NHPR following a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Whitefield.

Ayotte says it would be best to bury all the transmission lines, not just an eight-mile section in Northern Coos County.

“I know there have been other projects around the country that have been buried and if they could bury the lines here that would be the most appropriate thing to do,” she said.

Northern Pass should just accept the extra cost, she said.

“They wouldn’t be doing this project if they weren’t obviously thinking they could make money,” she said.

Northern Pass officials have said burying the entire 180 miles is impractical and too expensive, although they have declined to provide a detailed analysis.