On Friday, February 26, 2016 the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests filed a motion to include the New Hampshire State Department of Transportation in its court action against Northern Pass. In November of last year, the Forest Society sued Northern Pass, LLC, in Coos County Superior Court over the company’s attempt to use Forest Society land to build a private transmission line.
“We have a legal and ethical obligation to defend conserved lands like the Washburn Family Forest from private commercial development such as Northern Pass,” said Jane Difley, president/forester of the Forest Society.
Including NH DOT in the legal action became necessary because of representations made by Northern Pass regarding conversations they claim to have had with DOT, and claims by Northern Pass that DOT has the exclusive authority to issue a license to allow Northern Pass to use the highway right of way across private land for the project. The Forest Society owns the land under and along both sides of the road.