Northern Pass Transmission Line Project EIS
This website for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will serve as a repository for all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-related public documents and will be the central location for EIS Project announcements. Individuals may subscribe to the mail list in order to receive future announcements and news releases from The Department of Energy and Contractors involved in the project. Public Comments related to the Scoping Process, the Draft EIS and the Final EIS can be made through this website’s Comment Form.
Northern Pass Transmission LLC (Northern Pass) has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a Presidential permit to construct, operate, maintain, and connect an electric transmission line across the United States border with Canada. Northern Pass is wholly-owned by Eversource Energy Transmission Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource Energy, a publicly held public utility holding company.
Anyone seeking to construct, operate, maintain, or connect an electric transmission facility crossing the borders of the United States must first obtain a Presidential permit issued by DOE under Executive Order (E.O.) 10485, as amended by E.O. 12038. Northern Pass proposes to build a transmission line that crosses a U.S. border, and has applied to DOE for a Presidential permit. DOE did not initiate, nor is it funding, the proposed transmission facility. DOE’s role is limited to deciding whether to issue a Presidential permit. In addition, in order to build its proposed facility Northern Pass will be required to obtain the approval of the State of New Hampshire.
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DOE has released the draft EIS for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project and is seeking comments. The draft EIS, supporting information, and information about providing comment are available here.
The comment period for the draft EIS started on July 31, 2015 with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.
DOE will prepare a supplement to the draft EIS to include analysis of the new route submitted by NPT in an amendment to their Presidential permit application received August 31, 2015. The comment period has been extended to close on December 31, 2015. The public hearings to receive comment on the draft EIS on October 6-8 are cancelled, and will be rescheduled to be held prior to the close of the comment period. Details on meeting times and locations will be provided when available.