NH Supreme Court Denies Northern Pass Appeal

SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader
AUTHOR: Michael Cousineau

The state’s highest court pulled the plug on Northern Pass.

Supreme Court justices ruled unanimously to deny a request by project officials to order a state committee to reopen deliberations on the proposed $1.6 billion transmission power line, according to their ruling released Friday.

“The court has made it clear – it is time to move on,” Gov. Chris Sununu said. “There are still many clean energy projects that lower electric rates to explore and develop for New Hampshire and the rest of New England.”

The state Site Evaluation Committee unanimously rejected the Northern Pass project in February 2018 and later turned aside a request to reconsider its decision and resume deliberations.

“We have reviewed the record and conclude that the subcommittee’s findings are supported by competent evidence and are not erroneous as a matter of law,” the 31-page ruling said.

Northern Pass officials “have not sustained their burden on appeal to show that the subcommittee’s order was unreasonable or unlawful,” wrote Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi.

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