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NH commission drops suggestion to bury power lines

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire legislative commission examining energy projects such as the Northern Pass has dropped a recommendation that the power lines be buried.

The commission, which includes lawmakers and officials from several state agencies, was set up in response to the Northern Pass, a proposed hydropower line from Canada that would run through the state. But the commission was charged with exploring the broader question of using state highway corridors for future power lines.

The Concord Monitor reports the group's initial proposal called for a 1-year moratorium on siting any new major transmission lines. It also recommended the Northern Pass lines be buried, to allow it to proceed while protecting the state's aesthetics.

Business interests and others criticized the proposals. A public hearing is scheduled in Concord on Wednesday.

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