Sep 20, 2015 4:55 PM

NH's Congressional delegation requests review of newest Northern Pass route

New Hampshire's Congressional delegation has thrown its support behind environmental groups that want the federal Department of Energy to provide more time for a review of the newest route proposed for the controversial Northern Pass.

They want the DOE to postpone four public hearings set for October and lift the deadline for submitting comment on the draft environmental impact statement to allow time for additional study.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte informally endorsed that idea immediately, and on Friday the state’s other senator and two representatives in Congress joined in the appeal, according to the Union Leader.

The Appalachian Mountain Club, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Responsible Energy Action and the Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire submitted their request to the energy department on Sept. 15.

Eversource Energy on Aug. 18 announced it would modify its preferred route for the project designed to transmit hydroelectric power from Quebec into New England, changing the path and burying the line through the White Mountain National Forest.

“Based on the significant impact this project poses to New Hampshire, a thorough and transparent review of the new preferred route is necessary,” the four members of the Congressional delegation wrote in a letter to federal energy officials submitted on Friday.

Eversource on Thursday urged the Department of Energy to reject the request and hold the public hearings as scheduled.


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