Double Fault: State Officials Take Issue Again With Review Of Northern Pass Impact

Jul 9, 2015

Dawn near Pittsburg.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

State officials have again found fault with a federally required review of Northern Pass' potential impact on historical sites.

This is the second time within a month that the state’s Division of Historical Resources has taken issue with the federal review called Section 106.

As part of the permitting process, the Department of Energy must look at the potential impact to historical sites or views along Northern Pass’s proposed route. 

This report focuses on the Great North Woods, which runs from the Canadian border to just south of Lancaster. 

The first report looked at the White Mountains.

In its new assessment of the Great North Woods the state again disagrees with the DOE’s methods and says some features were missed, and it wants revisions made.

The state is still reviewing two other reports on the Lakes Region and Merrimack Valley.

Federal officials have said the DOE cannot make a decision about Northern Pass until the historical review is finished.