Some concern has been expressed regarding the potential impact of the project on neighboring properties.
The Sunday Monitor (Concord, NH) on July 24 published an article focused on this issue.
Included is a reference to this Preliminary Study, which is an examination of sales of property in Deerfield and Littleton, NH that are along existing transmission lines.
From the Preliminary Study:
“…Based on the preliminary analysis contained herein, there is no market evidence in either Deerfield or Littleton that would indicate diminution of property value due to high voltage transmission lines…”
The preliminary study results are similar to what previous studies have found, as revealed in a recent review:
“…The majority of the literature reviewed — covering 50 or more studies conducted over several decades in a variety of settings by several dozen researchers using a variety of techniques– finds that High Voltage Transmission Lines (HVTLs) have a modest or no measurable impact on property values. Many of the studies find no impact and those that do find an impact generally find that the impact is under 10% and that it diminishes quickly as distance from the transmission corridor increases…”
Perhaps the entire issue is best summed up in this passage from the review of studies:
“…The concern of potentially impacted landowners is understandable. Few would be indifferent to
the introduction of an adjacent HVTL. But the question posed in the research is not whether
people are indifferent to HVTLs, but rather—does the impact rise to the level of having a
consistent, major, measurable impact on property values? The majority of the research
examined in this literature review indicates it does not…”
The U.S. Department of Energy this week posted to its project website two new documents which may be of interest:
Landowner Susan Schibanoff recently sent a letter to PSNH President Gary Long questioning our recent announcement on how The Northern Pass might assist in the effort to bring broadband technology to areas of the state that are currently without it.
Here’s Gary’s response:
Thank you for your e-mail concerning the enhancement of broadband services in northern New Hampshire. The quote you cited from the press reports is accurate and is a good summary of PSNH’s view on the matter. For some time now the State of New Hampshire and the communities in northern New Hampshire have had a strong interest in bringing broadband services to that area of the state. PSNH has engaged experts to look into the potential to fulfill this need and what role, if any, PSNH could play. We will await the results of this research from these experts before coming to any conclusions or proposals.
I was interested in your own comment; “As landowners and residents in a town with no broadband or cable, we know first-hand the importance of affordable access for all in both central and northern New Hampshire. We understand that solutions that do not violate private property rights are close to completion for northern New Hampshire.” It would be very helpful to us if you could provide additional comments to expand on your thinking here. It seems to me that you are interested in receiving broadband service and that you do not currently have such services. Perhaps we have the same goal in mind. Also, if there is already a confirmed project to bring to you broadband services then there may be no need for assistance from PSNH. It would be helpful if you could describe further those solutions which “are close to completion for northern New Hampshire,” as that information could be included in the research that our consultants are performing.
We do understand that there are many questions regarding how The Northern Pass could help solve the challenge of providing New Hampshire with additional broadband services. We look forward to the continuing conversation that will allow your question regarding easements, and others, to be addressed.
Thank you in advance for any additional information you can provide, and for your continued interest.
In this video, Tom True, senior project manager for Coler & Colantonio, discusses the process of gathering environmental data for The Northern Pass project. This is done only after permission is received from landowners along the proposed route of the new transmission line. The data differs depending on the season, so three or four visits to a property may be required over the course of a year or two.
Respect for property owners’ privacy is of the utmost concern. Owners are notified two to three weeks in advance of a visit, and those gathering the data take care to leave the property in a safe and respectful condition. Additionally, by granting the right to gather data, property owners do not give up any other property rights—the right of access is to gather data only.
To better explain the topic, we’ve put together this fact sheet that addresses frequently asked questions about DC transmission and EMF.