Northern Pass

[English Translation of French-language report in La Presse. Link to original below.]

Eversource and Hydro-Quebec executives had been hoping for, if not counting on, having Northern Pass selected as a winner bidder into the three-state Request for Proposals (RFP) known as the Clean Energy RFP put out by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The Forest Society's recent appeal to New Hampshire landowners for help in fighting the proposed overhead Northern Pass transmission line has generated a strong response. More than 800 individual donations have come in in the last few weeks.

Response has been strong to Jane Difley's September 2016 letter asking New Hampshire landowners to help the Forest Society continue our fight against the proposed overhead Northern Pass transmission line.

Several individuals and groups are raising concerns about the countless trees that will be cleared to make way for Hydro-Québec's planned 80-kilometre power line through the Eastern Townships.

The Forest Society filed its legal brief outlining its case against Northern Pass before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Northern Pass has 30 days to respond with its own brief, after which oral arguments will be scheduled. Estimates for a timeline for a decision from the Supreme Court range from 6-12 months.

The discovery process for the Northern Pass application before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee has dragged on beyond its scheduled completion date, creating potential problems for intervenors who have until November 15, 2016 to submit prefiled testimony.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State show that Executive Councilor Chriis Sununu accepted $18,950 in contributions from 25 individuals who work for Eversource over the last two weeks.

Click below to read the full story in the Union Leader.

After a busy summer season, many people are asking us, "What's going on with Northern Pass?" The Forest Society remains committed to fighting the Northern Pass transmission project as proposed.