The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on July 21, 2015, opening a public comment period on the project. The DOE will conduct a series of four public hearings to gather comments on the Northern Pass DEIS and Supplement the week of March 7. Two of these events – Colebrook and Concord – will be conducted in conjunction with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and will serve as the required 90-day post-application Public Information Sessions for Coös and Merrimack counties.
The four DOE hearings will be held in the following locations:
Colebrook (co-hosted with SEC)
Monday, March 7, 5 p.m.
Colebrook Elementary School
27 Dumont Street
Wednesday, March 9, 5 p.m.
Waterville Valley Conference and Event Center, Waterville Room
56 Packards Road
Concord (Co-hosted with SEC)
Thursday, March 10, 5 p.m.
Grappone Conference Center, Granite Ballroom
70 Constitution Avenue
Friday, March 11, 5 p.m.
Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, Presidential Room
101 Mountain View Road
The DOE will accept comments on the Northern Pass project, its DEIS and Supplement until April 4, 2016. This comment period is an opportunity for New Hampshire residents and other key stakeholders to formally submit their thoughts on the project to the DOE, either in person orally or in writing.
For more information about the DEIS and upcoming public hearings, visit www.northernpasseis.us.
The Northern Pass project took a major step forward and filed an application for siting approval with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), the state agency responsible for siting significant energy projects. The SEC process is expected to last approximately 14 months and includes numerous opportunities for public comment.
As part of this process, public hearings must be held by the SEC in each county in which the proposed facility is to be located within 90 days of a project’s application being accepted. The locations and dates of these sessions are as follows:
Belknap County: March 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Mill Falls at the Lake, Church Landing, 281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH
Coös County (co-hosted with DOE): March 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Colebrook Elementary School, 27 Dumont Street, Colebrook, NH.
Merrimack County (co-hosted with DOE): March 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Grappone Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH.
Grafton County: March 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Plymouth State University, Welcome Center at the Ice Arena, 129 NH Rt-175A (Holderness Road), Holderness, NH
Rockingham County: March 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Deerfield Fair Pavilion, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH.