North Country
3:52 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Worst Case, Northern Pass Still Might Ask To Cross Tiny Bit Of Conservation Area

Broadcast story.

Northern Pass has formally filed its new route with the Department of Energy and it raises the possibility the hydro-electric project might still need to cross a tiny section of the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Conservation area.

Late last month Northern Pass officials revealed a new northern route through Coos Country.  It calls for burying almost eight miles of line alongside roads, mostly in Stewartstown. But that will require the approval of the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.

And if for some reason that doesn’t work Northern Pass says in the newly filed document that the alternative would be to cross about one hundred feet of the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters conservation area.

That area is protected by a conservation easement held by the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development. The easement forbids such commercial use of the land.

Earlier this year the possibility that Northern Pass might seek permission to cross the Conn Lakes headwaters raised the concern of conservation groups and politicians including Gov. Maggie Hassan.

After the U.S. Department of Energy reviews and accepts the amended document a series of public hearings will be scheduled.