Peter Dostie stood atop Johnson Mountain on Wednesday morning envisioning where the $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect will run.

The owner of the Hawk’s Nest Lodge in West Forks Plantation, Dostie and six other locals were out on a back country snowmobile ride. During a break on a chilly morning, he reflected on the first poles go up on the controversial New England Clean Energy Connect.

“Right now they’re going down the side of the old powerline and the posts are higher than what they have told us,” said Dostie, who is also West Forks Planation’s Third Selectman. “They really shouldn’t be doing this.”