Northern Pass

Update: On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Central Maine Power announced they will bury the proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge. While this satisfies one of AMC’s concerns regarding the project, it fails to address others and AMC remains opposed to the project. Read the updated statement here. The Appalachian Mountain Club has officially been designated…

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Among the 20 million acres of forestland protected in the United States since Congress passed the Weeks Act, in 1911, those known collectively as the White Mountain National Forest stand alone. There’s no other alpine zone on the continent as accessible as this one. What you find on the West Coast at 12,000 feet can…

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Update: The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on May 24, 2018, to uphold its February decision, choosing not to reconsider the Northern Pass proposal. Northern Pass’s parent company, Eversource, is deliberating whether to appeal to the state supreme court. After more than eight years of research, public hearings, expert testimony, and debate, one…

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Northern Pass Rejection in NH Matched by MA Selection Committee Earlier today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts terminated contract negotiations with Eversource under the MA Clean Energy RFP, eliminating the energy company’s highly controversial Northern Pass project from consideration. Northern Pass as proposed would have cut a 192-mile transmission corridor through scenic New Hampshire landscapes, constructing…

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AMC Commends Unanimous Rejection of Northern Pass Transmission Project Boston, MA – The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) charged with key permitting authority over the now-infamous Northern Pass Transmission proposal voted unanimously yesterday to halt the project in its tracks. Along with the Appalachian Mountain Club, an outspent but never outclassed contingent of partner…

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As outcome nears, public deliberations scheduled and AMC brief filed On December 22nd, 2017, the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) closed the adjudicatory hearing, or “trial,” record on the Northern Pass permit application. The final phase of the commission process now begins, with a final decision expected to be reached by the end of February….

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Despite Department of Energy Permit Approval, Application Deficiencies Continue to Slow Project Review and Cast Final Project Approval in Doubt Boston, MA – On November 16, 2017, the Department of Energy issued a Presidential Permit for the Northern Pass transmission project, an action required by the project’s proposed crossing of the Canadian border. The Presidential…

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With environmental conservation at the core of its mission, AMC closely monitors energy-related projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. When those projects infringe on natural resources, AMC weighs in and often takes action. AMC has been involved in evaluating and commenting on windpower projects for more than two decades and was instrumental in developing legislation,…

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New Hampshire Accepting In-Person and Written Comments on Transmission Line Proposal For more than seven years, AMC has been working to protect New Hampshire’s remarkable scenic landscapes, forests, and trails from the proposed Northern Pass transmission line. The project as proposed would traverse 192-miles, creating a lasting, negative impact on the overall character of special…

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The months of November and December are active for the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) Northern Pass permitting process, in that interveners must file their testimony with the SEC by December 30th.  With close to 150 intervening parties (the vast majority of which are opposing the project as proposed), this makes for a deluge of…

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