Federal Permit for Northern Pass an Affront to New Hampshire Interests

Permit defies overwhelming public opinion & rational energy planning

November 16, 2017 (CONCORD, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s issuance of a presidential permit for the Northern Pass transmission line. The 192-mile transmission line as proposed would cut through scenic New Hampshire landscapes in order to transport energy from Canada to Southern New England.

“The people of New Hampshire have been loud and clear that we do not want this project slicing through our state, yet the federal government has turned a deaf ear,” said CLF New Hampshire Director Tom Irwin. “Northern Pass is an empty promise when it comes to its claims of clean, ‘green’ power, and it only threatens to harm the communities and natural places it seeks to run through. From the beginning, the federal review process has had the feel of a rubber-stamp exercise in bureaucracy, failing to address key problems with the project. Regardless of the president’s approval, we will continue standing alongside the people of New Hampshire to fight this ill-conceived proposal.”

The Northern Pass project remains under consideration for a New Hampshire state permit before construction can begin, and CLF has been a staunch advocate at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee opposing this effort. More information about CLF’s work is available here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.