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NH rep proposes bills to bury Northern Pass lines

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COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) - A state representative from Colebrook has filed three bills that would require power projects such as the Northern Pass to bury its power lines.

Republican State Rep. Laurence Rappaport said the bills are aimed at any elective transmission line project.

The Caledonian-Record reports if the bills become law, such power lines would be buried mostly along state-owned transportation corridors.

Northern Pass opponents are concerned that above-ground transmission lines in the northern part of the state will spoil the natural beauty of the area, impact the tourist economy and reduce property values.

Northern Pass officials have said burying the lines would be costly and possibly do more harm to the environment. They also said placing underwater cable in the Connecticut River would not be practical because it is too shallow.

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