Despite a request by New Hampshire's congressional delegation and the project backer, the U.S. Department of Energy says it can't answer questions about alternative routes for the contested Northern Pass transmission project.
The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England.
U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter want the department to issue a preliminary report on alternatives before finishing the EIS to allow people more time to study the effects.
Northern Pass Transmission followed that request with a letter to DOE requesting the information be made public.
A spokeswoman for the DOE did not say why DOE won't answer questions about the alternative routes.