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Congressional delegation seeks info from DOE on NPT route studies

January 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The state's Congressional delegation called on the federal Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday, Jan. 14, to "provide the public with a preliminary report detailing which alternative routes will be studied" as part of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that is now being drafted for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission project.

The letter from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, and District 1 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and District 2 Annie Kuster, both Democrats, repeats the request they collectively made in August 2013 to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to allow Granite State citizens a reasonable opportunity to raise concerns about the proposal.

This most recent letter asks the DOE to issue a public preliminary report of the alternatives to the proposed Northern Pass route to be studied before the DOE issues a complete draft EIS.

Lauren Collins, a Northern Pass spokesman, explained the company's position. "The delegation is reiterating its prior request of the DOE to provide a preliminary report about which alternate routes it will study as part of its draft EIS," she said. "The DOE is required to review the feasibility of possible alternate routes as part of its draft EIS study.

"The permitting of projects like Northern Pass is a comprehensive and detailed process. The DOE's Draft EIS is expected later this year. Meantime, the public permitting process continues: Northern Pass has already secured a key approval from the region's grid operator, ISO-NE, and we look forward to working with New Hampshire communities and other stakeholders are we move ahead in 2014."

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