Process

Draft EIS Comment Process

DOE currently invites comment on the draft EIS during the comment period that begins with the publication of the EPA’s Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. In addition to comments on the draft EIS, DOE is seeking public input on the cultural and historic property review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

Public comments on the draft EIS and Section 106 will be accepted for 90 days from publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

You may submit public comments several different ways:

  • You may mail, call, fax or email them to:
    Brian Mills
    Senior Planning Advisor
    Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20)
    U.S. Department of Energy
    1000 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20585
    Phone: 202-586-8267
    Fax: 202-586-8008
    Email: Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov

  • Within this website, you may also submit a comment through the Comment Form.
  • You may email comments on the draft EIS to: draftEIScomments@northernpasseis.us
  • You may email comments on the Section 106 review to: Section106comments@northernpasseis.us

Public hearings will be held in the following locations (additional details will be provided when available):

  • October 6, 2015: Concord, NH
  • October 7, 2015: Whitefield, NH
  • October 8, 2015: Plymouth, NH

Both oral and written comments on the draft EIS will be considered and given equal weight by DOE, regardless of how submitted, provided that they are received within the defined comment period on the draft EIS. Comments received outside the formal comment period will be considered to the extent practicable.

All comments received on the Northern Pass draft EIS will be made publicly available, including on the project website. Any personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses, and email addresses, that may be included in a comment will automatically be made available to the public. Individual commenters may request that the DOE withhold their personally identifiable information from public disclosure, and such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law. If you wish for the DOE to withhold your name and/or other personally identifiable information, please state this prominently at the beginning of your comment or check the appropriate box on the Comment Form. Additionally, the DOE will accept comments submitted anonymously.

Future Public Involvement Opportunities

Scoping is the first phase of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis process. It is intended to give interested parties the chance to comment on a proposed action and to offer suggestions about the issues to be considered in the EIS analyses.

Commenting on the draft EIS is the second major phase of public involvement. The draft EIS has been released and is available for public review. Interested parties may participate in the review of the Northern Pass Transmission Project EIS by submitting their comments and questions concerning the draft EIS, reading supporting documents, and attending public hearings.

Future public activities for the EIS include public distribution of the final EIS and issuance of DOE’s Record of Decision.

Members of the public may also provide input to DOE’s Section 106 review. For more information, please visit the Section 106 consultation page.

If you have a comment you would like to submit that doesn’t fit into one of the Public Comment Periods described on this website, you can submit it at any time to the address below. Please include the subject of the comment in the first sentence: 

Brian Mills
Senior Planning Advisor
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20)
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585
Phone: 202-586-8267
Fax: 202-586-8008
Email: Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov