BERLIN — Mayor Paul Grenier said he supports the concept of the Northern Pass but opposes the use of eminent domain to acquire private property for the transmission line.
Grenier weighed in on the controversial project during Monday’s city council meeting.
“I support the concept of the Northern Pass project,” Grenier said. But the mayor stressed he believes property owners must be willing to sell land or easements without having the line “jammed down their throat.” He said he would not support the use of eminent domain to acquire access for the transmission line.
“I don’t agree with eminent domain for a private project,” said Grenier, who also serves as a county commissioner.