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North Country Chamber of Commerce comes out against Northern Pass

COLEBROOK — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has become the latest chamber to weigh in on the Northern Pass hydroelectric project, with a statement in opposition issued on May 23.

"As the Northern Pass project stands today, the board of directors of the North Country Chamber of Commerce does not support the project," saidChamber President Jonathan W. Brown in the press release. "We have concerns about the project's proposed pathway, the intention of for-profit companies as it relates to the proposed benefits to the North Country, and the potential impact to the value of our properties."

With offices in Colebrook, the chamber also serves the business communities in Clarksville, Columbia, Pittsburg, Errol, Dixville Notch and Stewartstown — communities in the path of the 1,200-megawatt power lines designed to bring hydroelectric power from Quebec into the New England grid.

Brown said the statement represented the sentiment of the organization's board of directors, not necessarily its individual members, which range from manufacturing to tourism.

"Initially, we as a board believed we should speak on behalf of our membership," he said. "But in the end, given the volatility of this project, we have decided to issue a statement as a board, and not as an expressed opinion of any of our members."

The North Country joins chambers in Plymouth and Littleton in voting against the Northern Pass, while chambers in Nashua, Manchester and Rochester have endorsed the project.

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