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On Thursday, May 24,  the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) confirmed its decision to deny a certificate of Site and Authority to Northern Pass.

CONCORD — The impact of Northern Pass on private property owners in the North Country took center stage as hearings on the controversial hydroelectric project entered their second day before the state’s Site Evaluation Committee, with Eversource-NH President William Quinlan on the stand.

Although its future Northern Pass transmission line to New England is not yet complete, Hydro-Québec plans to launch preliminary studies that could ultimately result in additional interconnections with Maine and Vermont.

CONCORD — An Eversource executive Thursday conceded a scenario existed in which New Hampshire ratepayers could be asked to pay for part of the Northern Pass project, an option he called “highly unlikely.”

CONCORD — An Eversource executive Thursday conceded a scenario existed in which New Hampshire ratepayers could be asked to pay for part of the Northern Pass project, an option he called “highly unlikely.”

Northern Pass interveners and opponents, Eversource staff, and lawyers - many lawyers - gathered in a big, rented room with custard-colored walls. And that’s where they will be every day until these hearings end, weeks from now.

Day one of the Northern Pass trial at the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee was dedicated to the cross-examination of the president of Eversource NH, Bill Quinlan, who described himself on the stand as the project manager for Northern Pass, including "siting, permitting and construction planning." A

Nine years after planning began, the most-discussed electricity transmission project in New Hampshire history will get its day in court Thursday, as weeks of hearings begin at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.

CONCORD — On the eve of a state hearing on the proposed Northern Pass project, opponents Wednesday delivered a petition signed by nearly 90 businesses demanding that transmission lines along the entire 192-mile route be buried.