Northern Pass denied

Feb 02, 2018

In a surprise early decision, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) voted against the Northern Pass transmission line project.

Eversource, the company behind the Northern Pass, plans on appealing the decision.

About the vote

The SEC voted against the project because the transmission would violate one important criteria: it would “unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region.” The SEC referenced the potential negative impacts on tourism, business development, and property values.

Judge dismisses Northern Pass lawsuit

Jun 01, 2016

A judge has dismissed a case from the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) against the Northern Pass transmission line project.

SPNHF sued over a plan to bury lines along Route 3, through conservation land owned by the Society. 

New Hampshire law allows utilities to bury gas or electric lines along public rights of way such as Route 3, with permission from the state.  

SPNHF argued that the Northern Pass is an exception to the law, because the Northern Pass is a for-profit project not necessary for the reliability for the regional electric grid.  

Attorney General upholds Balsams agreement

Jan 15, 2016

Earlier this week, the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit upheld the terms of a conservation-use agreement between Dixville Capital LLC and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Under the terms of the amendment, Dixville Capital LLC will conserve land elsewhere, including an additional 150 acres of old growth forest, in return for being able to develop nearly 20 acres of conserved land for skiing.

Northern Pass heads to court

Nov 20, 2015

The Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests is taking the Northern Pass to court over its route.

At issue is a portion of the proposed route that involves burying the lines along Route 3 as it passes through conservation land owned by the Society. The suit contends that Northern Pass has not acquired permission to use the land, and asks for an injunction.

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