Editorials in The Union Leader and Fosters Daily Democrat today took positions in opposition of House Bill 648, which seeks to halt The Northern Pass by imposing additional restrictions on the state’s possible use of eminent domain.
“…The unintended consequences of this bill could be severe. As Northern Pass is still in the permitting stage, there is no hurry to pass it before its effects are fully understood. The Senate should hold this bill for further study.”
The Union Leader, June 2, 2011. Page A12.
After passing the House, the NH Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4 – 0 that the bill be re-referred, meaning that it would be considered and studied further. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the committee’s recommendation today.
Our perspective is that HB 648 would have far-reaching, unintended consequences for the entire state, hindering low-cost energy opportunities and precluding important transmission projects that would otherwise be built at no cost to New Hampshire customers.