Northern Pass’s Unfair Destruction of Property Values along Existing PSNH ROWs
New Hampshire’s strong commitment to property rights has already played a critical role in the Northern Pass debate. The public was outraged over Northern Pass’s abusive threats to invoke eminent domain to seize families’ homes and land for the for-profit transmission lines. The legislature responded by passing HB 648. The new legislation protected property rights by putting a clear halt to the ability of private, optional, for-profit transmission projects (such as Northern Pass) to seek or threaten eminent domain.
With Northern Pass now claiming they are close to reviving the project, a new property rights issue is coming to the forefront. Property owners up and down the proposed transmission line route are discovering that Northern Pass is sharply lowering their property values or making the properties unsalable at any reasonable price.