This week, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting seven “public scoping meetings” in different communities in New Hampshire as part of the scoping process for the Northern Pass Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A one-page summary of the scoping process, suitable for printing, is here, and more detailed context is here.
This is a critical, early part of the review process, and an important opportunity to explain your concerns about the project to DOE officials. If you did not reserve a spot in advance, you should be able to sign up to speak when you arrive at the meetings. I’ll be presenting brief remarks at tonight’s meeting in Pembroke. The schedule is:
- Monday, March 14 (TONIGHT), 6-9 pm, Pembroke, Pembroke Academy cafeteria, 209 Academy Road (map | directions)
- Tuesday, March 15, 6-9 pm, Franklin, Franklin Opera House, 316 Central Street (map | directions)
- Wednesday, March 16, 6-9 pm, Lincoln, The Mountain Club on Loon, Hancock Room, 90 Loon Mountain Road (map | directions)
- Thursday, March 17, 6-9 pm, Whitefield, Mountain View Grand Hotel and Resort, Presidential Room, 101 Mountain View Road (map | directions)
- Friday, March 18, 6-9 pm, Plymouth, Plymouth State University, Silver Center, 114 Maine St. (map | directions)
- Saturday, March 19, 1-4 pm, Colebrook, Colebrook Elementary School, 27 Dumont Street (map | directions)
- Sunday, March 20, 1-4 pm, North Haverhill, Haverhill Cooperative Middle School, 175 Morrill Drive (map | directions)
Each meeting will include both an “informal workshop” and a more formal session for the public to present information regarding the potential environmental impacts of the project. The formal portion of the meeting will be transcribed by a stenographer, and all public testimony will be included in the official administrative record of DOE’s review of the project.
CLF is working to secure a clean energy future for New Hampshire and New England – one in which our energy system (1) is cleaner and less carbon-intensive, (2) provides reliable power with minimal environmental impact and at reasonable cost, and (3) is supported by a robust, local clean-energy economy built on energy efficiency and renewables. CLF is working to ensure that the Northern Pass project moves us toward – and not away from – this future. We are dedicated to promoting fair, well-informed, and rigorous environmental permitting processes to achieve:
- A solution with minimal impact on the environment and communities;
- Equitable sharing of benefits and burdens;
- Displacement of dirty power; and
- A market that encourages energy efficiency and provides a level playing field for local renewable energy.
UPDATE: Check out my post on the first meeting in Pembroke.
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