Executive Council Confirms Nominees To Energy Siting Body

Dec 3, 2014

The state’s executive council has confirmed two appointees to the Site Evaluation Committee.

Roger Hawk, a planning consultant from Concord, and Patricia Weathersby, a lawyer from Rye, will serve as the public’s representatives on the SEC.

The nine member Site Evaluation Committee consists mostly of the heads of various state agencies, and authorizes large-scale energy proposals such as power plants and transmission lines.

The positions are new this year, as the SEC was reformed in an attempt to streamline it and make it more responsive to the public’s concerns.

Previously Governor Maggie Hassan had nominated retired state Senator Bob Odell and state representative Amanda Merrill.

She withdrew those nominations following objections that the two politicians would not be in touch with public sentiment and that Odell is too friendly to wind-farm development.