Proposed Seacoast Transmission Line Faces Uncertain Timeline

Aug 21, 2017

The proposed route of the Seacoast Reliability Project.

The future of a proposed utility project on the Seacoast is facing new uncertainty.

The Site Evaluation Committee on Monday said all scheduled hearings on an Eversource plan to build a transmission line across the Seacoast will be postponed indefinitely. The SEC says the process can't go on without a final report from the Department of Environmental Services on the potential impacts of the project.

DES missed an August 1st deadline to file that report. At the time, it said it needed additional information from Eversource to complete its work. It's unclear how long it will take for DES to complete their review.

If approved, Eversource would bury a portion of the 13-mile transmission line beneath Great Bay.

The town of Durham and local residents have raised concerns about how that might affect the bay's ecosystem.