On our way to northern New Hampshire’s Dixville Notch, we found plenty of signs and slogans along the road, and all of them seemed to be protesting one single project – The Northern Pass. I got a passing shot of one board, which says it like it is, but there were plenty more, some less colorful than the one above. At first sight, “Northern Pass Kiss My Ass” made me laugh out loud, but delving deeper I realized that it signified something important, even life-changing, especially to the residents of northern New Hampshire.
Upon reaching our hotel, I asked around and found out that the Northern Pass is a proposed transmission project for bringing hydroelectric power from Canada into New Hampshire, to serve the needs of New England, mainly the southern part. Now, New Hampshire already produces twice as much power as it uses so it stands to lose its scenic roads to 45 miles of transmission towers, each about 135 feet tall and spaced 800 feet apart for being “in the way”, as one reporter put it. Considering that tourism is a major contributor to the area’s economy, the protests are understandable.
But of course, as with any major construction there are various pros and cons, and those who are directly affected by the project has a right to be heard. You can read about it by clicking on the following links: