Feb 17, 2016 5:06 PM

Northern Pass project in NH hit with 150 petitions


CONCORD - Meeting the Feb. 5 deadline, 150 petitions were filed to intervene in the New Hampshire Site Evaluations Committee's review of the Northern Pass Transmission application.

Most came down against the project, according to the Concord Monitor.

The proposed 192-mile line would run from Pittsburg to Deerfield to transmit hydropower from Quebec to the New England electric grid.

Concerns cited in paperwork included environmental impacts and effects on property values and infrastructure.

However, not everyone is against the Northern Pass.

Concord, Pembroke, Canterbury and Franklin are among the Merrimack County towns and cities to submit a petition.

Franklin's petition cited opportunities and $7 million in tax benefits the project could bring to the town. Others looked to economic benefits.

The public information sessions were held last month and the first public hearing – to be held in conjunction with the United States Department of Energy – is scheduled for March 1 at 5 p.m. at Mills Falls at the Lake in Meredith.

The Merrimack County public hearing will be held March 10 at 5 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

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