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"Bury the lines or bury the project." That's the message from a group of Vermont mothers who are standing tough against a proposal by the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) to run new high-voltage power lines from West Rutland to Shelburne. The mothers have launched a slick media campaign against VELCO's "Northwest Reliability Project," which VELCO and Gov. Jim Douglas say is necessary to meet the growing electricity needs in northwest Vermont. But dozens of mothers who live along the proposed route are concerned about studies linking high-voltage wires with increased rates of childhood leukemia. For more info on the campaign, visit the group's website: www.shieldus.com.