Opponents Want State to Deny Northern Pass a Second Chance

May 8, 2018

Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

Opponents of the Northern Pass power project are pushing back on developer Eversource’s request for a new hearing before state regulators.

The utility has argued the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee didn’t give the embattled power line proposal its due consideration before denying it a building permit earlier this year.

They want the SEC to set a new hearing and consider more specific conditions that could green-light the project.

Several groups countered that request this week, including the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the counsel for the public in the Northern Pass case.

They say Eversource should have given details on those conditions in earlier discussions. And they argue the utility hasn’t pointed to compelling factual or legal errors in the SEC’s denial.

The project's opponents have also objected to supporters' recent request that two SEC members recuse themselves from future Northern Pass proceedings. 

Site evaluators meet May 24 to discuss that and decide whether to give Northern Pass another shot. If they refuse, the case will likely go to the state Supreme Court.