Forest Society News & Features

 Coös County Democrat


Editorial Opinion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a meeting at the Nashua Radisson July 29 to get feedback before they report on the potential environmental impact of the Northeast Energy Direct Project.

The public will be able to express opinions and provide feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Northern Pass project at public meetings or by mail or email. 

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


Robert Blechl, Caledonian Record

FRANCONIA, N.H. -- U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, and state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, were given a warm welcome in Franconia Wednesday and applauded for their efforts against the proposed Northern Pass Transmission line.