Delegation Wants Longer Comment Period For Power Project

Jul 23, 2015


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New Hampshire's Congressional delegation wants the public to get more time to comment on the proposed Northern Pass power transmission project.

The Department of Energy released its long-awaited environmental impact report on the project Tuesday, saying the plan to bring hydroelectric power from Quebec into southern New England on high-voltage lines through New Hampshire could hurt tourism, wildlife and property values — but would cost less than other alternatives.

The department says a 90-day public comment period will begin July 31, but members of the state's Congressional delegation on Wednesday asked for an extended comment period — citing the nearly 1,000 pages of documents..

As it did in previous letters, the delegation is calling for an additional 90 days — 180 days total — for the public to comment.