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Prime Redding Open Space Threatened in NU-NSTAR Merger

“Conservation groups have expressed concern that the merger between NU and NSTAR may threaten this agreement, leaving the land open to potentially harmful development,” State Sen. Toni Boucher, representing Bethel, said in a statement.

With the merger between Northeast Utilities and NSTAR looming, State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26), representing Redding, Bethel, Ridgefield, Wilton, , Westport, and New Canaan, is to renew an important agreement contained within NU’s memorandum of understanding that protects nearly 9,500 acres of conservation land from private development.

is concerned that if the agreement with local communities does not remain in place, it could result in the utility selling some or all of the 375 parcels it currently owns in Bethel and Redding.

“The land under NU’s stewardship includes some of the most precious open space in Connecticut,” Sen. Boucher said in a statement. “This land is an important natural resource, enriching both our environment and the lives of many Connecticut residents who use it for recreation.”

Although the Memorandum of Understanding protects the lands from private development, it does allow it to be purchased by municipalities for recreational use.

“Conservation groups have expressed concern that the merger between and NSTAR may threaten this agreement, leaving the land open to potentially harmful development,” Boucher said.

In a recent letter, Sen. Boucher urged PURA “to give serious attention to the concerns of our residents and conservationists, and hope that this vital agreement will be renewed.”

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