AMC videos project route's visual impact
Allen and Linda Holmes stand in front of their home, which they painted bright orange to protest the controversial Northern Pass project. (Marie Hughes/Colebrook Chronicle)
Videos of the project: Two views► Click here to view the AMC's flyover videos.
► Click here to view the Northern Pass "Visual Simulations" videos.
The release of the video is the latest salvo in a long battle that has pitted the power company against local landowners and environmental groups. The companies say the project will bring cheaper power, increased property tax bases and jobs to the New England region, while opponents say the towers will scar scenic views and destroy property values.
"I know there have been other projects around the country that have been buried and if they could bury the lines here that would be the most appropriate thing to do," she told NHPR following a town hall meeting she held in Whitefield.
Skelton said Northern Pass is working with communities to bring a variety of benefits, including tax revenues and, in Groveton, a 195-foot tower on Morse Hill, off Route 3, that will expand Internet coverage.
Holmes said three real estate agents have informed him that "I couldn't get half what the property's worth just because of the threat of Northern Pass."
"Topography and tree heights are huge factors," he said.
Kimball said the video shows the towers at the exact height, location and type shown in the Northern Pass application and accounts for topography.
Skelton said the Energy Department and Northern Pass will each have independent visual impact assessments done.
Visual simulations of various sites have already been done by LandWorks and are available by going to blog.northernpass.us/ then clicking on "in my town" and click on "visual simulations," Skelton said.
"A photo simulation is done at one point, looking in one direction," he said.
Kimball said AMC is working on a new project to show what a visual footprint is likely to be on a wider scale. The flyover video addressed views from a half-mile out from the line.
The AMC also challenges the implied value of the project for future generations.
He said a series of open houses held recently helped convert some residents from opponents to supporters when they found out the benefits of the power line and that their fears were unfounded.
Skelton said he's concerned the new AMC video about the proposed Northern Pass route from Deerfield to the Canadian border "only fuels fears and provides more false impressions."
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