Statewide Poll Finds Strong Opposition to Eminent Domain for Northern Pass

Jan 17, 2012

The Concord Monitor is reporting that a statewide poll shows almost 70 percent of those responding are against the Northern Pass hydro-electric project being able to use eminent domain to get land they need.

The newspaper reported the poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center but was paid for by The Dupont Group "on behalf of the New England Power Generators Association, a rival group that has been critical of the project. Chief among the association’s complaints is the view of Northern Pass officials that they can use eminent domain to build their transmission route if landowners won’t sell their properties."

The newspaper also reported: “Pollsters questioned 500 residents in late September and early October and found that 68 percent opposed the use of eminent domain while 19 percent favored it. The remaining 13 percent said they didn’t know if they opposed or favored Northern Pass being able to use eminent domain."

Here’s a link to the full story: