Easton Meeting 6/9/13:
About 135 people attended a meeting of concerned citizens at the Easton Town Hall for a discussion on a broad range of topics relating to Northern Pass about the Connecticut Headwaters easement, alternatives to Northern Pass, costs of burying the line and potential revenue to the state. This event was co-sponsored by Alliance Against Northern Pass, Bury the Northern Pass, Coalition Against Northern Pass, Easton Conservation Commission, Live Free or Fry, Poore Family Foundation, Powerline Education Fund, REAL (Responsible Energy Action LLC), STOP (Sugar Hill Tower Opponents)
Susan Schibanoff of Bury Northern Pass blog gave a brief overview of current issues with Northern Pass.
State Rep. Susan Ford of Easton introduced a number of legislators and Executive Councilor Ray Burton addressed the crowd from the back of the room. Rep. Ford also provided a roundup of legislative efforts this past session and what could come up in the next session.
Will Abbott of the Society for Protection of NH Forests reacted to this morning's Concord Monitor op-ed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former Sen. Judd Gregg. Will also talked about a piece that appeared in Yankee Magazine and reprinted in the SPNHF's Forest Notes magazine about the importance of land.
Susan Arnold of the Appalachian Mountain Club talked about the visual impacts of Northern Pass and why it is not "clean, green" energy.
Christophe Courchasne of the Conservation Law Foundation talked about the alternatives to Northern Pass, why they are required, using the current National Grid HVDC line and the recent Public Utilities Commission report on what PSNH is costing ratepayers and the financial condition of the company.
Attorney Bob Baker, resident of Columbia, member of Responsible Energy Action, LLC talked about the effects of recently passed Connecticut legislation on Northern Pass.
Jim Dannis, resident of Dalton, member of Responsible Energy Action, LLC as well as lifelong resident of NH talked about alternatives to Northern Passs and the revenue potential to the state.
State Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook discussed a subcommittee that he is chairman of that will meet to discuss the financials of burying electric transmission lines. Larry also deferred to State Rep. Rebecca Brown of Sugar Hilll who also discussed how to get more active against Northern Pass.
Coos County Commissioner Rick Samson implored the politicians to listen to the people and not lobbyists and also talked about lack of media coverage of the opposition movement in the Union Leader and WMUR-TV.
Jan Marvel of Atta Girl Records and Indian Stream Productions talked about their new documentary "Northern Trespass".
Nancy Martland of Sugar Hill Tower Opponents (STOP) engagged in a long discussion about how to be more active and strategize, but here is a brief overview of where the opposition has been so far.
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