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US DOE to reveal alternate Northern Pass routes

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy says it will reveal possible alternative routes for the Northern Pass electrical transmission project before it releases a draft environmental study on the proposal.

In a letter to the state's congressional delegation, the department says it is reviewing more than 7,500 public comments as it considers a permit application for the $1.4 billion Northern Pass.

The delegation had twice asked for details of all alternatives to be released.

The project would run 187 miles of transmission lines carrying power from Canada to the southeast part of the state. Backers point to clean renewable power and job creation while opponents say it would harm the state's natural beauty.

The DOE says it will reveal the routes before the environmental impact statement is finished late this year.

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