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Thousands submit comments on NH's Northern Pass

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Thousands of people have weighed in on New Hampshire's proposed Northern Pass electric transmission proposal, mostly to suggest alternative ways to build the project.

A scoping report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Energy shows more than 6,400 individuals submitted comments either online, by mail or in person at a series of public meetings about the $1.4 billion proposal.

Northern Pass would run 187 miles from Canada to southern New Hampshire, carrying 1,200-megawatts of electricity to southern New England markets. Opponents say the mostly overland lines would scar the landscape, cut property values and hurt tourism. Project backers say it would create jobs and provide clean hydropower.

After alternative routes, most of the comments were related to economic concerns, whether the project is needed, health and safety, and tourism.

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