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DOE Plan For Northern Pass Study Criticized

Chris Jensen

The Conservation Law Foundation says the U.S. Department of Energy isn’t providing enough public scrutiny of its environmental impact study on the Northern Pass.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The environmental impact statement is an important part of the Department of Energy’s decision whether to approve the 180 mile long hydroelectric transmission project.

That’s why the Conservation Law Foundation is so worried about how the study will be carried out.

In a new filing with the DOE, foundation lawyer Christophe Courchesne argues that Northern Pass has too much input on the process, with no meaningful public scrutiny.

“That’s unfair to the public, specially to the people who are going to be directly impacted by the project.”

In the past DOE has defended the agency’s process saying there are mechanisms to assure fairness. A spokeswoman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen