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The “New Route” for Northern Pass Won’t Cure Its Failings
by Christophe Courchesne

This summer, New Hampshire is bracing for news of the Northern Pass project’s future and its “new route.” It’s now been nearly a year since the federal permitting process for the Northern Pass project was put on indefinite hold. North of Groveton, New Hampshire, the developer – Northern Pass Transmission LLC (NPT) – is still…

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CLF Position Paper on New England Interim Emergency Action by National Marine Fisheries Service: Fishing Years 2012 and 2103
by Peter Shelley

Another tipping point has arrived for New England fisheries. Maybe the science assessment will change, maybe disaster relief will come from Congress, maybe our analysis (click here) of the government data is wrong, maybe cod will change their recent low productivity characteristics. But should fisheries managers bet the inshore fleet and large segments of the recreational fleet on it?

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Northern Pass Attacks Land Conservation in New Hampshire, Loses in the First Round
by Christophe Courchesne

Last week brought a fitting capstone to the botched year-long rollout of the Northern Pass project. In a disturbing turn of events, the project developers sought to scuttle a historic plan to preserve a storied wilderness in New Hampshire’s North Country. Their attempt failed, but what the episode says about their future tactics is anything but encouraging for New Hampshire and the region.

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CIRC Alternatives Forge Ahead
by Sandy Levine

The initial short-range solutions are in.  Quick, effective and clean.  Unanimous agreement on a suite of projects to move forward to help people get around in Chittenden County.  When Vermont’s Governor, Peter Shumlin announced in May that the “Circ Highway” – an expensive, polluting and outdated ring-road around Burlington – would not be built as planned, he set…

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No New Drilling in New England
by Winston Vaughan

Earlier this week Secretary Salazar announced the Department of the Interior’s five-year proposal for oil and gas leases in our nation’s oceans. Much to the relief of New England’s fishermen, beachgoers, and coastal businesses, the Obama Administration’s proposal keeps the oil industry out of New England’s ocean and the rest of the Atlantic coast. CLF…

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Vermont Yankee Trial in Federal Court
by Sandy Levine

The State of Vermont and the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power facility squared off in Federal Court this week.  It was a three day trial.  The days were long.  The testimony was often technical.  The lawyering was skilled.  Vermont Yankee’s owners say everything is about safety and only the federal government can regulate safety so Vermont’s…