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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 …

Concord planning board to Northern Pass: Bury the lines

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Concord’s planning board has told city councilors it wants Northern Pass to bury any power lines that run near Concord homes. Meanwhile, the city’s conservation commission has gone further, saying it opposes the project because it has “questionable value.” Only one other community at this end of the …

Northern Pass misses another route deadline

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Northern Pass officials have missed another self-imposed deadline for announcing the proposed project’s route. In an annual report filed in late February, company officials said they expected to unveil a new 180-mile route from the Canadian border through New Hampshire by the end of March. Yesterday, a spokesman …

Senate rejects moratorium on wind farms and Northern Pass

Friday, March 29, 2013

Efforts to put a one-year moratorium on new energy projects like wind farms and the Northern Pass found very little support yesterday in the state Senate, which killed a final attempt, 20-4. After nearly two hours of debate and a dramatic plea from Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Dalton …

Northern Pass official: Project not harmed by recent conservation easements

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In a conference call with industry analysts yesterday, a Northern Pass official said two things that surprised those following news of the proposed hydro-power line from Canada. Leon Olivier, chief operating officer for Northeast Utilities, told analysts the transmission lines might cross public rights of way. Olivier also …

Poll: Northern Pass support drops slightly

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Support for Northern Pass has dipped slightly in the last year among those who know about the project, from 42 percent to 35 percent, according to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll. Pollsters from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center questioned 581 people earlier this month about …

Is Northern Pass looking at state land?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

An executive councilor and state senator believe the Northern Pass is going to offer the state money to run a portion of its transmission line along Route 3 in northern New Hampshire to get around conservation land blocking its path. The conserved land in Clarskville is owned by …

10 bills target projects like Northern Pass

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lawmakers could consider at least 10 bills this year related to Northern Pass, ranging from a moratorium on energy projects to developing a comprehensive state energy plan. Some of the bills, including a few that will be heard next week, are a result of an energy task force …

Northern Pass misses deadline to unveil new route

Monday, December 31, 2012

Northern Pass officials missed their own deadline yesterday when they failed to unveil a new North Country route for their behind-schedule hydro-power line by year’s end. Project officials had told investors in early 2012 they’d have a route …

Gauging support for Northern Pass isn’t easy

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gov. John Lynch and incoming governor Maggie Hassan have said they’ll back the proposed 180-mile Northern Pass hydro-power line from Canada only if the local communities do. “By local communities, I mean the communities impacted by it,” Lynch …

Forest Society unveils new blocks to Northern Pass

Saturday, December 15, 2012

With just weeks to go before Northern Pass officials said they’d unveil the route of their proposed hydro-power line from Canada, a local conservation group says it continues to throw up roadblocks. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests secured two conservation easements along Route 145 …

Northern Pass squares off against forest society over hydropower route

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Northern Pass officials, fresh off buying a couple of key pieces of land in the North Country, said this week they’ve secured 99 percent of the land needed for their hydro-power line from Canada. They’ve even begun meeting with New Hampshire business owners who want to work on …