The Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project appears to be on track to acquire the land necessary to complete a proposed route in northern New Hampshire. Abiding by recently approved eminent domain legislation that was supported by project opponents, including the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Northern Pass project set out to work cooperatively with North Country landowners on a new, lowerimpact route in hopes of connecting the project to existing rights of way in central and southern New Hampshire.
Land records indicate that scores of private landowners have sold land to the project to allow it to develop a new northern route that has landowner support. Most interestingly, landowners are also selling land to allow the project to go around efforts to block it. Clearly, the eminent domain law put in place and actively supported by Northern Pass opponents is working to the benefit of private landowners.