Northern Pass Is Bad for New Hampshire!

Northern Pass, a 192-mile, high-voltage transmission line proposed by Hydro-Quebec and Eversource, is neither green nor clean. The line would carry hydroelectricity from Canada to southern New England, simply using New Hampshire as a huge extension cord to bring power to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

New Hampshire needs our help to STOP Northern Pass from ruining its natural heritage. From the North Country to Concord, this project would destroy our scenic landscapes and habitats. People from not only New Hampshire but neighboring states as well understand that Northern Pass will degrade natural and recreation resources of state, regional, and national importance. Learn more.

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We Have Been Heard

The NH Site Evaluation Committee has voted unanimously to DENY the Northern Pass application. Thank you to all those across New Hampshire — concerned citizens, local municipalities, and business owners across the Granite State — who have been NO to Northern Pass for over seven years.

This is an important victory, but our fight isn’t over.

We need to stay more vigilant than ever. Eversource has already expressed “outrage” at the decision, and is promising to ask the SEC to reconsider its decision. We can count on them using their vast resources to drag this process out further. Let’s stick together before Eversource tries to harm New Hampshire — again.

Northern Pass Asks Court to Force Reconsideration of Transmission Project

SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader
AUTHOR: Michael Cousineau

Northern Pass submitted an appeal to the state Supreme Court on Friday in an effort to force a state committee to reconsider its rejection of the proposed $1.6 billion hydroelectric transmission line.

“If allowed to stand, the orders will erect major obstacles to the siting of new energy projects in this state, as the process becomes a popularity contest instead of one bound by the rule of law,” the 150-page appeal said.

The state Site Evaluation Committee unanimously rejected the project on Feb. 1, and on May 24 rejected requests to reconsider its decision and resume deliberations.

The 192-mile Northern Pass route, which includes 60 miles underground, would run from Pittsburg to Deerfield through more than 30 communities.

“It sure sounds like the last gasp of a dead project,” said project foe Jack Savage, vice president of communications and outreach with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

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Northern Pass Plans Appeal to State Supreme Court

SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader
AUTHOR: Michael Cousineau

Northern Pass officials plan to file an appeal with the state Supreme Court by an Aug. 13 deadline in an effort to jump-start a hydroelectric transmission project that a state committee denied.

The Site Evaluation Committee on Thursday issued a 72-page written decision that, it says, “memoralizes” its May 24 deliberations over whether to reopen hearings on Northern Pass.

“This starts the clock for us,” said project spokesman Martin Murray.

The project attorneys have until Aug. 13 to file their appeal, which could take a year for a decision, Murray said.

The committee had unanimously rejected the $1.6 billion project on Feb. 1 and on May 24 rejected requests to reconsider its decision and resume deliberations. The 192-mile Northern Pass route, which includes 60 miles underground, would run from Pittsburg to Deerfield.

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Site Evaluation Committee Rejects Northern Pass Appeal for New Hearing

SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader
AUTHOR: Dave Solomon

There will be no reconsideration of the Northern Pass by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.

The committee charged with ruling on the controversial hydroelectric project has decided it will not reconsider its February decision to deny the application by Eversource, the state’s largest utility, for the 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield.

The seven members of the committee assigned to the Northern Pass hearings reaffirmed their unanimous rejection of the $1.6 billion project on Feb. 1 and their written decision of March 30 after a day of deliberations on Thursday.

An appeal to the state Supreme Court is now the most likely option for the project.

“We will pursue all options for moving the project forward,” said Eversource spokesman Martin Murray. “We don’t take lightly an appeal to the Supreme Court. It’s a rare occurrence and one we take only when we have strong conviction and confidence that we will prevail.”

In its motion for reconsideration, Eversource pointed out that the SEC only deliberated on two of the four criteria for project approval before its February denial.

The majority of committee members on Thursday agreed that project approval would have required consideration of all four criteria, but denial could be made on the basis of only one.

The four criteria required for approval were: the project will serve the public interest; will not have an unreasonable adverse effect on aesthetics, historic sites, air and water quality, the natural environment, and public health and safety; will not unduly interfere with the region’s orderly development; and the applicant has adequate financial, technical and managerial capability to assure construction and operation.

All seven members of the Site Evaluation Committee agreed that Northern Pass had not met its burden to show the proposed transmission line would not “unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region,” and denied the permit on that basis alone.

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