Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will accept comments on the Northern Pass project, its draft Environmental Impact Statement and Supplement until April 4, 2016. This comment period is an opportunity for New Hampshire residents and other key stakeholders to formally submit their thoughts on the project to the DOE, either in person or in writing.

To keep people up-to-date on its permitting process, the DOE has set up a website specifically for the Northern Pass project (http://www.northernpasseis.us/). It includes the draft EIS, other public documents, and information on how to submit a comment. Because there is a vast amount of information on the DOE’s Northern Pass website, we’ve provided this short tutorial to help walk you through the commenting process.

Commenting online

You can quickly file a comment through the DOE’s online comment form. This page provides links to the Northern Pass draft EIS, as well as the DOE’s Section 106 Review. The draft EIS is a comprehensive study of the potential environmental impact of the project, as well as a number of alternatives routes reviewed by the DOE. The Section 106 Review is part of the overall federal permitting process and is required by the National Historic Preservation Act. It includes studies of the Northern Pass’ potential impact on New Hampshire’s cultural and historic resources, such as historic homes and iconic views.

  • On the online comment form, you will be asked to select whether you are commenting on the draft EIS or the Section 106 Review. If you are not sure which one to select, the DOE has a frequently asked question page with more information.
  • Next, you will be asked to select the topic of your comment. You can select more than one comment by following the directions to the right of the topics menu box.
  • When you are ready to enter your comment, you can do so in the space labeled “comment” box or you can upload it as a separate PDF file. If you wrote your comment in another program, like Microsoft Word, you can use the “Cut and Paste” function by highlighting and cutting the comment and then pasting it in the comment box on the DOE comment form.
  • Once your comment has been entered, fill out the personal information section. Because all comments made here are public information entered into the Northern Pass EIS record, the DOE will display information like full name and address alongside comments posted online. If you want to hide your personal information, click “Protect Private Information” or mention your privacy request at the top of your comment. The DOE “will honor requests to the extent allowable by law.”
  • Once all fields have been filled out, your final step is simply to click “Submit” and your comment will be entered into the record.

Click here to file a comment on Northern Pass and the draft EIS now.

You can also mail, email or phone in your comments directly to the DOE. Here’s how:

  • Email comments on the draft EIS to: draftEIScomments@northernpasseis.us
  • Email comments on the Section 106 review to: Section106comments@northernpasseis.us
  • Mail, call, fax or email comments to:
    Brian Mills
    Senior Planning Advisor
    Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20)
    U.S. Department of Energy
    1000 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20585
    Phone: 202-586-8267
    Fax: 202-586-8008
    Email: Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov

Commenting in person

The DOE is holding a series of public hearings on the Northern Pass project, which will include an opportunity to make an oral comment. Two of these events – Colebrook and Concord – will be conducted in conjunction with the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and will serve as a public hearing for both agencies.

Colebrook (co-hosted with DOE)

Monday, March 7, 5 p.m.
Colebrook Elementary School
27 Dumont Street

Waterville Valley

Wednesday, March 9, 5 p.m.
Waterville Valley Conference & Event Center
56 Packards Road

Concord (co-hosted with DOE)

Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m.
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave

Whitefield

Friday, March 11, 5 p.m.
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
101 Mountain View Road

Other ways to comment

Northern Pass has also filed an application with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC). This is a separate process that includes opportunities for you to comment on the project. Click here if you’d like to learn more about how to submit your comment to the SEC.


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