Northern Pass will hold a series of Public Information Sessions in each of the five counties where the project will be located: Coos, Grafton, Merrimack, Belknap, and Rockingham. The Public Information Sessions are a required part of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) permitting process and must be held at least 30 days before Northern Pass files its application.
These sessions include an overview of Northern Pass, as well as an opportunity to give oral comments and ask questions about the project. Northern Pass will also host open houses before and simultaneous to the Public Information Sessions, to provide an additional opportunity for people to learn more and ask questions about the project.
Merrimack County:Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, Grappone Conference Center, 7 Constitution Ave., Concord
Rockingham County:Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, Deerfield Fair Pavilion, 34 Stage Rd., Deerfield
Grafton County:Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, Mountain Club on Loon Resort & Spa, 90 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln
Coös County: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield
Belknap County:Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia
The schedule for each session is as follows:
Open House: 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Public Information Session:
Project Overview – 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Questions & Answers – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Public Comments – 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on July 21, 2015, opening a 90-day comment period on the project. The DOE will conduct a series of public hearings to gather comments on the Northern Pass DEIS in Concord, Whitefield, and Plymouth in October 2015. The public will also have an opportunity to submit written comments to the DOE through the DOE website http://www.northernpasseis.us/.
More information about these hearings and opportunities to comment will be available in the local media, in the Federal Register, and on the DOE’s Northern Pass EIS website,www.northernpasseis.us.