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April 3, 2013

National Grid rejects water route in Salem

Opponents urge alternative to plan to lay cables through neighborhoods

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“We are going to fight hard for it ... but it is somewhat out of our control,” she said.

State Rep. John Keenan, who said he has explored the water route with state officials, was more blunt in his assessment of its chances.

Keenan, who is House chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, said the state Energy Facilities Siting Board must evaluate the project on three criteria: cost, environmental impact and reliability.

Horizontal directional drilling, he said, “loses on all three counts.” If more expensive options like this were approved across the state, “electricity costs ... would go through the roof,” he said.

National Grid will hold a community meeting on the project next Wednesday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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