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Jan 5, 2016 1:38 PM

Canterbury officials seek involvement in Northern Pass plan

The Associated Press

CANTERBURY (AP) — Selectmen in a New Hampshire town have agreed to get involved in the proposed Northern Pass transmission project.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Eversource wants to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying 1,090 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to New England. Backers said it will create jobs and lower costs in a region that pays the nation's highest average cost for electricity. Opponents have argued it will hurt property values, tourism and the environment.

The Concord Monitor reports Canterbury selectmen filed a motion to intervene in the Site Evaluation Committee's review of the application for the line.

Officials say intervenor status "creates a role" for potentially affected towns.

The review is set to happen after the required public information sessions and hearings in five counties.

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