To The Daily Sun,
This summer, two important permitting processes for the Northern Pass Project will ramp up. It is imperative that the individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities along the proposed corridor understand what they can do to protect their property values, viewsheds, and businesses. What can you do?
— Write a letter and/or attend a hearing. Any day now, the Dept. of Energy (DOE) is expected to release its long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), after which there will be a 60-day review period and a set of hearings across the state where the public can comment in writing and verbally in response to the draft EIS.
— Become an intervenor. Northern Pass also needs a Certificate of Siting and Facility, which is issued by the state Site Evaluation Committee (SEC).
Who can intervene? Intervenors must demonstrate a special interest that is different than a member of the public at large. Visual impacts and aesthetics are part of the SEC siting criteria. If you own property that looks out over the power line, or is going to be crossed by the power line, you should intervene. If you own a tourism-based business that may be affected because of the real or perceived impact the towers may have, you should intervene. As an intervenor, you can write a letter, testify, cross-examine, request data, and request a site visit from the SEC. It is critical that citizens potentially affected by this project stay informed and engaged as these complex and lengthy permit processes move forward.
For town maps of proposed tower locations visit: http://www.northernpass.us/towns.htm.
Campton Conservation Commission
The Alliance Against Northern Pass
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