Granite Staters who oppose the Northern Pass project might eventually have the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to thank if the gargantuan electric transmission line from Canada through New Hampshire is never built.

The society announced on Monday that it has purchase-and-sales agreements with several North Country landowners who have property in the Northern Pass corridor. The group plans to buy the land, and thus block the transmission line, which would be held on towers as tall as 135 feet.

After a contentious legislative fight that involved a debate over the state’s proper role in regulating such matters, the society’s move is a welcome shift from politics and toward contractual problem-solving.

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