September 11, 2013COOS COUNTY — Two of the four scheduled U. S. Department of Energy public "scoping" hearings on the proposed Northern Pass Transmission project will be held later this month in Coös County: from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Presidential Hall at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield; and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Outback Pub at the Spa Restaurant on Route 3 in West Stewartstown.
Earlier that week scoping hearings will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.
The hearings are required because Northern Pass filed an amended route in July, changing its proposed route in the northern reaches of Coös County.
Comments and information will be recorded at all four scheduled meetings for use by the federal DOE as it considers whether or not to grant the proposed Northern Pass Transmission project a Presidential Permit that is needed if the proposed 1,200-megawatt High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) line is to be allowed to cross the US-Canada border in Pittsburg.
In 2011 the Department of Energy held seven hearings on the originally proposed Northern Pass route.
Northern Pass spokesmen have consistently said that the negative comments about the height of the towers and the "in-your-face route" for the first 40 miles resulted in the changes rolled out in June by then-Public Service of New Hampshire president and CEO Gary Long at a press conference in Hooksett.