Some New Hampshire residents recently received a letter from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (the Forest Society) asking them to “give generously” to fight the current Northern Pass transmission line project. This campaign aims to raise $475,000 to fund further opposition to the project.
There is inaccurate information about the project that we felt an obligation to clarify so that residents can fully evaluate the facts associated with Northern Pass.
This recent fundraising letter misrepresents the actual Northern Pass route and leaves out important details about the project:
While we are disappointed that the public is receiving inaccurate information about this important clean energy project, we appreciate the opportunity to correct these misrepresentations via our website, Facebook page, and the many face-to-face meetings we are having across New Hampshire. A comprehensive public permitting process is underway at the federal level, and a state process will soon begin here in New Hampshire. Both of these review processes will consider the facts associated with the proposed project, solicit public input, and determine whether the Northern Pass project satisfies the siting requirements outlined by the Department of Energy and the New Hampshire siting laws governing new energy projects.
Some of you may have noticed that we recently enabled comments on the Project Journal. Yesterday, we upgraded the commenting software to one that uses Disqus, a popular online commenting system.
As we move forward with the project, we’ll continue to use this Project Journal to provide news, opinion, FAQs, and other project updates. We look forward to your comments and questions about these posts. We cannot respond to each and every one of these comments, but encourage discussion among community members. We will review all comments before they are posted. While we’ll try to do this as quickly as possibly, it may take a day or two for your comment to appear on the page.
Please keep your comments on-topic and civil. Those that use profanity or abusive language, engage in personal attacks, or are otherwise off-topic aren’t likely to be approved. Disagreements are fine, but we expect everyone to treat each other with mutual respect.
Please do not include information that you would not want to be made public on the Internet. Those with questions and concerns that are specific to personal property or individual needs should call or email the project team directly.
We look forward to the ongoing discussion and hope you do too.
A couple of notable updates to the website:
We’ve redesigned the website’s Maps page so that it is clearer which towns are on the Preferred or Alternative routes (or in some cases, both). The page now also explains what these terms mean. Lastly, Northwood (Alternative) was added to the list of towns. As always, clicking on a town’s name links to a PDF map.
We’ve also replaced the Filings page with a new Documents page, which will include filings, reports, and other major documents. This includes the recent addendum to the project’s DOE application, as discussed at Monday’s meetings in Pittsburg and Clarksville. There, you’ll also find the border crossing map that was included.