Forest Society News & Features

CONCORD — State environmental officials say the application filed by Northern Pass with the state Site Evaluation Committee is incomplete because the developers can’t prove they have the necessary property rights for the project.

The project sponsors, TDI New England, applied for the presidential permit in the spring of 2014.
Northern Pass, by comparison, has been in the works since 2010, underwent several route changes, and still does not have a final environmental impact statement from the DOE.

Éric Martel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec, must really enjoy life. While planning to build and pay for Northern Pass, the nearly 200 miles of power lines through New Hampshire, Martel’s company has posted hefty profits.

Concord's subcommittee on Northern Pass will recommend that the city push Northern Pass to bury the transmission line rather than install taller towers and more towers across eight miles in Concord. 

 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sees the government shutdown looming, as well as the expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund which is set to expire on Sept. 30, and she warns that both would be extremely detrimental to the economy.

The Department of Energy says Northern Pass' new plan to bury 52 more miles of the controversial line will require additional study and it is cancelling public hearings planned in October.

Ellen Schaffer stood before a handful of city councilors Tuesday night and handed over a petition of residents who want Northern Pass buried or scrapped entirely. She and other Concord residents collected those names as they went door-to-door in East Concord.