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NECEC questions

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To the Editor;
I have many questions regarding the power line to Boston, also known as the Central Maine Power corridor.

Would it be a true gain in green power use? I’ve read debate about whether Hydro-Quebec currently (no pun intended) sells its maximum production. If power is sold to Massachusetts, those now buying that power may have to buy it elsewhere — “elsewhere” possibly meaning coal-produced power. How is there a green gain in this deal?

How wide would the right-of-way be, and how many trout streams would it cross? I envision a very wide opening with the overhanging trees gone from the legally-required no-cut zone around the brooks. No shade means heat from the sun. Trout don’t like warm water.

How many times will it cross the Appalachian Trail? Coming upon this wide clearing where you probably can see for miles each way might be a welcome break for wilderness hikers but, then again, maybe not.

Consider this: Those of us who live in the “northern wilderness” know it is an illusion — but most tourists do not. Tourists, love them or hate them, are our economic lifeblood up here.

We need a truly independent study committee made up of “dogs in the fight” to make a recommendation in this matter.

James Richards
Shirley Mills

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