North Country
9:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Company To Gauge Historic Impact of Northern Pass Chosen

The Department of Energy has chosen Southeastern Archaeological Research Inc. to review the impact of the Northern Pass hydro-electric project on the state’s historical sites, a DOE official says.

The firm has 70 full-time employees “who represent the complete range of disciplines necessary to conduct cultural resource projects,” according to the company’s website.

“Our Architectural Historians have unparalleled experience conducting archival and historic research, historic building documentation, cultural landscape assessments and documentation, and Historic American Building Survey (HABS) /Historic American Engineering (HAER) documentation,” the company says.

The firm’s work will be reviewed by New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources and State Archeologist Richard Boisvert.

Southeastern will work with the contractors chosen previously for the overall environmental impact statement, a DOE official said.

Those firms are SE Group, Ecology & Environment Inc., and Lucy Swartz.

Last fall the Conservation Law Foundation asserted emails it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed that the Department of Energy allowed Northern Pass officials to pick the three contractors for the environmental impact statement.

Both Northern Pass and the Department of Energy said that was not the case.