PSNH’s new route for Northern Pass transmission lines has left the energy company with thousands of acres of land that it no longer needs for the hydroelectric project. It had bought the properties to align with its original route proposal. At a press conference held by PSNH on Thursday, company president Gary Long was asked what the company plans to do with all that land.
After a series of delays PSNH has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project.
The route follows a more easterly path than the original 2010 route and it includes nearly eight miles of underground wires. But this new route isn’t a done deal. State officials still have to approve a key element – putting those underground lines on public property.
PSNH has announced a new route for their controversial hydroelectric project.
In the northern part of the state, the new route veers east from Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown to Dixville. Then, it drops south to Drummer in the middle of the state, before bending back west to Northumberland on existing rights of way.
PSNH president Gary Long says PSNH owns all of the property or easements necessary to connect power lines from Canada down to Deerfield.
N.H.’s Wallis Sands Beach and Hampton Beach are among thirteen U.S. beaches with a five-star rating on the National Resources Defense Council’s 2013 list of cleanest vacation beaches.
NRDC’s beach rating system measures water quality based on bacteria levels and frequency of testing. Of over 1,000 N.H. Department of Environmental Service tests last year, only 10 exceeded normal bacterial levels. DES Beach Program Coordinator Sonia Carlson says the culprit for high bacteria levels is fecal matter.
After the announcement of Northern Pass’ new proposed route through Northern Coos - expected late this morning - the utility’s next steps will be to seek state and federal approval.
Having a new proposed route means Northern Pass can formally file it with the U.S. Department of Energy, which has to give its approval for a Presidential Permit. That permit allows the hydro-electric power to be imported from Canada.
A New Hampshire lawyer says one of the key changes following today’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act has to do with income taxes.
Let’s say you’re in a same-sex marriage recognized by the state of New Hampshire. Your spouse works for a company that covers both of your health benefits. Before Wednesday, when the Supreme Court overturned DOMA, you had to pay federal income taxes on those health benefits.
New Hampshire lawyer John Rich says, that’s because in the eyes of IRS, your same-sex spouse was not considered a member of your family:
New Hampshire students will still be able to use their school-issued IDs to vote after lawmakers approved a modified bill Wednesday.
Under a law passed last year, student IDs would no longer have been valid at polls starting this fall. But lawmakers are rolling back that provision, allowing New Hampshire-based school IDs as proof of identity.