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DOE releases Northern Pass alternative routes

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy has released a list of alternative routes that can be analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission proposal.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said Friday that she is encouraged that the DOE has agreed to examine a wide range of options, including several underground options.

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.

The alternative proposals came from the DOE, cooperating agencies and public comments. One alternative would bury the transmission line along its proposed route through the White Mountain National Forest.

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