- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

WHITEFIELD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire residents critical of a proposed transmission line to carry hydropower from Canada continue to push to have the entire 192-mile route buried.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1Nkpp09 ) about five dozen people spoke at a public meeting in Whitefield Wednesday, and the overwhelming sentiment was that the entire line should be buried, not just 60 miles of it.

Residents say burying the line would preserve the natural landscape without compromising the area’s tourism economy.

But Eversource Operations officials say burying the entire line would be so expensive that the Northern Pass project couldn’t move forward. Eversource Operations President Bill Quinlan says burying the line would cost an additional $1 billion.

A final public hearing is set for Thursday night in Laconia.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, https://www.nhpr.org/

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