Forest Society News & Features

Liberty Utilities says that pipeline – Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct or NED – is the cheapest way to aggressively grow its customer base. Opponents of the pipeline say the company is overstating that growth in order to get the pipeline built.

The U.S. Department of Energy released its draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Pass Transmission line Tuesday and its conclusions back up some of the concerns by project critics about adverse impacts to landscapes, tourism and property values.

The route proposed for the Northern Pass hydroelectric project by Eversource Energy and HydroQuebec is the cheapest solution for building a 187-mile electric transmission corridor through the state but imposes the greatest environmental impacts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which has attempted to block the project through the acquisition of easements and property rights in the North Country, said the EIS confirmed the benefit of burying the line.

The long-awaited Northern Pass Environmental Impact Statement was released July 21. Those interested in reading it can find it online here: http://www.northernpasseis.us/library/draft-eis

by Jane A. Difley and John D. Judge

It’s time for the out-of-state and out-of-country interests pushing the current Northern Pass proposal to bury the private transmission line along appropriately designated transportation corridors. A similar project in Vermont shows it can be done.

The fast-track toward approval of the 154-mile New England Clean Power Link highlights the benefits of burying transmission lines along state highways.

Every week here at Something Wild we encourage you to go outside.  It's easy to find the wild in New Hampshire, be it a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods or a quiet crepuscular kayak ride.  However there are things you need to be mindful of when you're out.

Did you know there are more than 160 species of dragonflies and damselflies in New Hampshire?