March 12, 2018 (CONCORD, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee’s (SEC) decision not to hear an early rehearing request by Northern Pass. On February 1, the SEC voted 7-0 to reject the Northern Pass Transmission project and plans to issue a written decision by the end of March. The SEC will not reconsider this rejection until after the written decision has been issued and all parties have had time to respond. Northern Pass must have all permits in order by March 27 to remain a contender in the Massachusetts’ clean energy procurement process.
“This was a hail Mary effort of Northern Pass to meet the Massachusetts deadline and that hail Mary pass has failed,” said CLF attorney Melissa Birchard. “The New Hampshire siting committee unanimously rejected this bad proposal in February. The Committee is standing strong for the people of New Hampshire and will not allow Northern Pass to play fast and loose with the process. The writing is on the wall – Northern Pass is dead and Massachusetts must move on to a project that better serves the people of New England.”
More information about CLF’s work opposing Northern Pass is available here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.