Report from Colebrook Landowner Meeting, October 29

31 Oct

Around 100 people attended the Power Line Education Fund informational meeting in Colebrook last night held at the Elementary School Cafeteria. Attendees were mainly residents and landowners who had attended the first meeting a year ago when Northern Pass was first announced although one couple admitted to driving up from Derry for the event.

The meeting was planned around discussing where the “new” preferred route for Northern Pass might go through Northern Coos, as the project attempted to find a more landowner friendly area to build the proposed towers after a request from Governor Lynch.

Facilitator for the evening was Attorney Bob Baker, resident of Columbia. Bob expressed appreciation for those who attended and what the agenda was for the evening. He then introduced Representative Larry Rapport from District One (Northern Coos Area) who explained the status of HB648 and how risk of eminent domain remained important to landowners. He reminded people that Northern Pass is not a required project and that it is considered elective to ISO.

Attorney Baker than reviewed the maps that a group of opposition friends have been working on in order to determine where Northern Pass has procured land, had approached landowners and what we might anticipate. Rick Samson has been very important in gathering this information.

Property owners who had been approached were invited to speak and Lynne O. Placey and Bill Weir spent a few minutes talking about their experience.

A highlight of the evening was when letters from individuals opposed to Northern Pass were read. Each of the letters expressed their gratitude to the landowners of Northern Coos County who have not settled.

Will Abbott from the Forest Society explained what they have been doing and the importance they felt to continue confront the issue of eminent domain. Roland Cotnoir discussed using town planning board ordinances as a possible means of challenging Northern Pass. The meeting was then opened to questions and comments and broke up at about 8:30 pm.

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