Northern Pass Selection Shows Utter Disregard for Public Outcry

Proposal slices through communities and scenic landscapes

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January 25, 2018 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the Massachusetts selection committee’s choice of the controversial Northern Pass proposal in its clean energy bid process. In 2016, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill requiring the state to procure 2,000 megawatts of non-fossil fuel energy.

“Choosing Northern Pass reflects a process corrupted by the heavy hand of our region’s largest utility,” said Greg Cunningham, Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “This decision is a slap in the face to dozens of affected communities and thousands of local residents who have been outspoken in opposing this harmful proposal. Northern Pass’s developers have shown total disregard for the permanent and severe impacts this project would have on communities and the environment. To sell their project, they have peddled mistruths to the public and to the selection committee. It is not the solution Massachusetts wants or needs, and CLF will continue to oppose it.”

CLF will be actively participating in the Department of Public Utilities’ review of the proposed contract and is currently participating in the siting process around Northern Pass.

You can learn more about CLF’s work opposing Northern Pass here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.