After failing to appeal the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the propane company Sea-3’s expansion through that city's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Portsmouth staff attorney says they will proceed to Superior Court.
In an unusual legal maneuver, the City of Portsmouth filed their appeal in the Superior Court in June. That appeal was stayed as the city pursued an appeal via Newington's ZBA.
In July, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation requested federal government provide an environmental impacts study. That request was denied on Tuesday.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte along with Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter want to take a closer look at the potential environmental impacts of propane rail traffic through the Great Bay Estuary.
On Wednesday the Executive Council authorized a new rail study — one that examines whether to bring trains to Plaistow.
This study will cost far less than one approved earlier this year, for $3.9 million dollars to look at extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua and then on up to Manchester and Concord.
New Hampshire is looking at whether to accept federal funds to once again study whether passenger and freight trains make sense for the state. But many of the same concerns are coming up again: that New Hampshire doesn’t have enough people who would ride the rails to justify the enormous cost. We'll revisit this debate.