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CLF Files Federal Lawsuit To Block Eversource’s Seacoast Power Line


A new federal lawsuit is the latest effort by environmentalists to block Eversource from building a new power line on the Seacoast.

The Clean Water Act suit from the Conservation Law Foundation targets a federal permit that Eversource got last month to build the underwater part of its Seacoast Reliability Project.

The 13-mile power line between Madbury and Portsmouth will include a mile beneath Little Bay, between Durham and Newington.

CLF argues the Army Corps of Engineers didn’t do its due diligence before issuing the permit for that project – which, the nonprofit says, will irreparably damage the already degraded estuary.

Opponents’ previous appeals to try and block the power line have failed, and construction on land-based portions is already underway. Eversource got state approval for the project late last year.

They say it’s necessary to improve electric service in the region.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.
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