Posted on August 29th, 2017 by

The N.H. Site Evaluation Committee will hear testimony today from historical and archeological experts who conducted research about the route for Northern Pass. Below you will find information about these experts and information about their work.

CHERILYN WIDELL is principal of Widell Preservation Services in Chestertown, Maryland, and has worked in the field of historic preservation throughout the United States and internationally for 40 years. She was appointed by the Governor of California to serve as State Historic Preservation Officer with oversight of all aspects of historic resource protection throughout California. Ms. Widell also served as the federal preservation officer for the Presidio Trust—the federal agency responsible for the conversion of the Presidio of San Francisco from an Army post to a National Park—where she was responsible for agency compliance with federal regulations for more than 450 historic buildings and the archeological resources. Ms. Widell conducted assessments of the potential effects that the Northern Pass project may have on above-ground historic properties and cultural landscapes in New Hampshire.

VICTORIA BUNKER is the owner and principal investigator at Victoria Bunker, Inc., archeological consultants in Alton, NH. She has more than 35 years of experience in New England archeology, and is listed as qualified to conduct archeological surveys in New Hampshire by the NH Division of Historical Resources. In her career, Dr. Bunker has completed 750 projects relative to Section 106 compliance at Phase I, II and III level of study, and has conducted regional research surveys in the Lamprey, Merrimack, Pemigewasset and Mad River Valleys and throughout the White Mountain National Forest. She has authored numerous publications on New England archaeology and served the New Hampshire Archeological Society as President Emeritus, on the Board of Directors, and as past editor. Dr. Bunker conducted archaeological assessments for Northern Pass.

Key Points:

  • The project will have no unreasonable adverse effect on historic resources
  • The experts’ assessments have been used in the planning process by project engineers to help avoid and minimize the impact to historic resources
  • Ms. Widell assessed the project’s potential effect on historic resources, working closely with Preservation Company of Kensington, NH, mapping and cataloguing more than 1,300 properties, historic districts and cultural landscapes within the project’s Area of Potential Effect
  • More than 200 of those properties were then subject to more intense analysis because they met the National Register of Historic Places age and integrity eligibility criteria and are potentially in view of the project. Of these properties, the project experts have concluded that   might be adversely effected by the project, mostly indirectly
  • The project will not create an adverse effect in the setting of a National Historic Landmark, the Webster Farm and Daniel Webster Family Home. Although the project will have an adverse indirect visual effect on the Weeks Estate, that will not cause it to be removed from the National Register of Historic Places because of a loss of integrity.
  • Victoria Bunker, Inc. has assessed the entire project route to identify archeologically sensitive areas and archeological sites. Ms. Bunker has concluded that the project has substantially avoided impact to archeological resources, and that there will be no unreasonable adverse effect to such resources.
  • To address any impact, Northern Pass will undertake all mitigation measures as required by the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with NH Department of Historical Resources (NHDHR) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, as part of the Section 106 process.

Facts at a Glance:

The review of the potential impact of the Northern Pass project on historic and archeological resources is required under the state’s energy project siting laws, and also by the U.S. DOE under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

For More Information:

Northern Pass’ Application to the NH Site Evaluation Committee; Vol. II; Pre-Filed Testimony; Widell

Pre-filed Testimony; Bunker

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by

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