The Northern Pass is working successfully, as requested by the Legislature, to acquire, voluntarily, the land rights necessary for construction of the project.
The project currently has property rights to the vast majority of the land necessary for building the transmission line within existing rights of way; and, we are working successfully with property owners to purchase land or easements to develop an acceptable route in that area of the North Country where there is no existing transmission right of way.
Contrary to claims by some project opponents, the Northern Pass project is not predicated on the use of eminent domain.
The use of eminent domain for utility purposes is an extremely rare occurrence in New Hampshire, and we believe that existing State law is sufficient protection for property owners.
We are reviewing the amendment passed today by the NH Senate and what impact, if any, it may have on the project if enacted. Our initial review of the amendment suggests that:
While we continue to analyze the amendment and it is considered by the House, our work on the project continues.