Northern Pass at SEC

Rod Mcallaster milks 80 cows twice a day on his Stewartstown farm, but he’ll be heading south to Concord next Friday to a Northern Pass hearing to testify that he was indeed featured in a video opposed to the project.

CONCORD — A Massachusetts energy consultant Tuesday questioned whether the Bay State, in search of new sources of clean power, would choose proposed transmission projects, such as Northern Pass or a National Grid alternative, that don’t have all the necessary approvals.

CONCORD — The second half of the regulatory war over the Northern Pass Transmission project began in confusion Friday as the opposition opened its case before the Site Evaluation Committee in the months-long proceedings.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says burying an additional 40 miles of Northern Pass transmission line in its most northern segment would be less damaging to wetlands and wildlife than as currently proposed and “appears practicable.”

In Bristol, Eric Worthen wanted to know why some northern areas would get Northern Pass lines buried through their communities, while his 70-plus acres — home to five cows — would get higher towers than already exist.

A couple hundred people gathered on the Plymouth Town Common Tuesday to protest Northern Pass as members of the Site Evaluation Committee climbed off a bus nearby to walk the stretch of Main Street where part of the proposed 192-mile transmission line would be buried.

by Jack Sullivan, Commonwealth Magazine

During its public session on August 31 in Concord, the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) pushed back the date it intends to decide on the application by Northern Pass by six months.