Draft National Forest Decision on Northern Pass

Date Published: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Click below to read the draft Record of Decision by (recently retired) White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner. His cover letter explains the document:


Dear Interested Party,

 I’m writing to let you know that I have issued the draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project. My Selected Alternatives would authorize Northern Pass Transmission, LLC to construct, operate, and maintain an electric power transmission line crossing portions of the WMNF. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability recently completed a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the potential environmental effects of issuing a Presidential permit for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project. The USDA Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is a cooperating agency in the preparation of this EIS and is reviewing an application for a special use permit. Based on the analysis presented in the final EIS, the draft ROD details the proposed decision to issue the necessary special use authorizations to allow the Project to be buried on the WMNF within NH Routes 112 and 116 between Sugar Hill, NH and Woodstock, NH (through the Kinsman Notch). In addition, a 2-mile segment of the Project would be located on the WMNF immediately east of Northumberland, NH within an existing PSNH transmission route authorized by standing easements. Under these easements, the Applicant presently has the ability to construct, operate, and maintain the Project within this segment without further authorization or approval. My proposed decision is consistent with Alternative 4c and Alternative 7, as detailed and assessed within the final EIS. The scope of my decision is limited to National Forest System lands along NH Routes 112 and 116. The siting and location of the Project to the north, and south, of the WMNF is not within my authority. The specific elements of the Selected Alternatives are described in detail in the final EIS, draft ROD, and depicted on the map included within the draft ROD. A detailed description of the proposed project and potential environmental effects are in the final EIS and draft ROD, which are available on the Northern Pass EIS project website (http://www.northernpasseis.us). Hardcopies may be reviewed at the Forest Supervisor’s office in Campton, NH and in public libraries throughout New Hampshire. Hard copies of the draft ROD and CDs of the final EIS are available upon request from info@northernpasseis.us. The draft ROD for the Final Northern Pass Transmission Line Project EIS is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR Part 218 , Subparts A and B. Objections will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment, in accordance with 36 CFR § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted, timely, and specific written comments regarding the project unless based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities.


Northern Pass