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New Hampshire Senate pauses on power line bill

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Senate has put aside a measure that would have required that new power lines be buried.

Under the measure discussed Thursday, projects not deemed necessary for reliability would have to be buried if there's no reasonable alternative.

Sponsor Jeb Bradley, a Wolfeboro Republican, said the bill was not intended to push the $1.4 billion Northern Pass proposal underground but at a recent hearing, the project commanded much of the attention. Northern Pass would run 187 miles of lines through New Hampshire, all but 8 miles aboveground.

The bill was tabled.

Supporters argued that buried lines will spare the region the visual blight that cuts into property values and stunts economic development.

Opponents said requiring contractors to bury the lines will add project costs and keep energy rates high.

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