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The Northern Pass Project

Longtime opponent to Northern Pass files suit to halt energy project over private property rights

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is suing Northern Pass, arguing the energy company doesn’t have the right to bury a transmission line beneath 600 feet of its conservation land in Clarksville. “We want to defend our conserved lands from commercial development,” said the group’s spokesman, Jack Savage, during a press conference in Concord on Thursday. “Our objective is to stop what they want to do and …

On Northern Pass, Concord City Council makes ‘a clear statement’ to bury the lines

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Concord City Council has taken a stance on Northern Pass: Bury it. A council subcommittee has met six times since March to study the hydropower project, and on Tuesday, the group delivered an interim report to the council as a whole. In keeping with input from residents, the council will now recommend Northern Pass take its proposed line underground along the entire …

Committee pushes for Northern Pass burial in Concord

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Concord City Council subcommittee has recommended the Northern Pass project be buried through its entire 8-mile path through Concord. That subcommittee has met six times since March, and it will deliver a report to the rest of the city council Tuesday. The document reflects the sentiment voiced by residents at those meetings – overwhelming opposition to aerial Northern Pass lines. “The Committee …

Residents’ opposition to overhead Northern Pass lines is ‘unanimous,’ councilor says

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Concord City Council subcommittee will write a report about the overwhelming opposition to overhead transmission lines as part of the Northern Pass proposal in Concord, the chairwoman said Monday. “They asked for it to be buried,” Ward …

Northern Pass subcommittee meets again Monday

Friday, September 25, 2015

Eversource Energy officials will return to Concord on Monday to field further questions about the proposed Northern Pass project. A Concord City Council subcommittee met earlier this month to review the draft Environmental Impact Study from the federal government, new visual simulations of the project and the latest …

Northern Pass headed back for environmental review

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy will reopen its environmental review of the controversial Northern Pass transmission line in order to study the project’s new route that would bury an additional 52 miles of the line beneath the White …

Residents ask for lines to be buried in Concord

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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. The list, Schaffer said, had about 170 …

Concord’s Northern Pass subcommittee reconvenes today

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ellen Schaffer has been knocking on doors in her East Concord neighborhood, talking to her neighbors about Northern Pass and alerting them to opportunities for public input. She’s against the project entirely. But she doesn’t care if her neighbors are in favor of the transmission lines. She just …

Will plan to bury 60 miles of Northern Pass sway opposition?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dolly McPhaul of Sugar Hill has become one of the most vocal opponents of Northern Pass. The energy project proposes to bring Canadian hydropower into New England through a 192-mile electric transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, passing …

City council subcommittee will discuss recent updates on Northern Pass

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Concord City Council subcommittee on Northern Pass will reconvene next month to review a draft federal study on the project and a new route proposed by Eversource Energy. The group will also see two new visual simulations …

Concord officials will need time to review more than 1,000 pages of Northern Pass report

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Four of the nine alternatives suggested for the Northern Pass route would bury the electric transmission line through Concord. Those alternatives are part of a draft Environmental Impact Study released this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. …

Burying electrical transmission lines not so simple

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Arielle Wolfe brought her 6-year-old daughter, Hazel, to a New Hampshire Senate hearing in March to talk about power lines. Overhead electric transmission lines could scar New Hampshire’s landscape, the Derry resident said during public testimony on a bill that would have made putting the lines underground the …

U.S. Department of Energy releases list of alternate routes for Northern Pass project

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy issued a list Thursday of more than 20 alternative options for the Northern Pass project that it will study during its ongoing environmental evaluation of the $1.4 billion electric transmission plan. Many of the alternative routes outlined in the report include additional burial …

Appalachian Mountain Club counters Northern Pass with new route video

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Northern Pass officials say the most common question they get from landowners about their proposed 187-mile hydropower line from Canada to Deerfield is this: What will the towers and power lines look like from my house? Northern Pass …

Pembroke selectmen speak against Northern Pass

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Only about 6 miles of the 180-mile proposed Northern Pass project would pass through Pembroke. But the town’s selectmen and a handful of residents only had one message for Northern Pass representatives who presented the project at this week’s board meeting. “The consensus of the citizens that were …