Denial of Northern Pass Transmission Line
Concord, NH: 2.1.2018 – The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee voted unanimously to deny the application for the Northern Pass electricity transmission project today. The Eversource owned project would have transmitted hydroelectric power from Quebec into New England. Last week Governor Baker announced Massachusetts would pursue a contract with the Northern Pass project over dozens of other bids including new wind and solar projects in the region.
In response to today’s decision Sierra Club leaders from across the region issued the following statements:
Cathy Corkery, Chapter Director New Hampshire Sierra Club
“The people of New Hampshire rejected the unreasonable burden of international transmission lines proposed by Eversource and Hydro Quebec. The Site Evaluation Committee heard our objections to Northern Pass because it would ruin our landscapes, small towns, and forests. New Hampshire Sierra Club would like to recognize all of the people who stood up against the Northern Pass in New Hampshire and our dear friends of the Pessamit Innu First Nation who opened our eyes to the destruction of their land and culture by Hydro Quebec. Truth does not fall to injustice. NH Sierra Club further commits to working toward a truly renewable, just, and sustainable energy future.
Emily Norton, Chapter Director Massachusetts Sierra Club
“This decision gives Governor Baker the perfect opportunity to pick better clean energy projects that deliver more jobs and economic benefits for Massachusetts families and businesses. Wind and solar power within New England would do more to provide the affordable, reliable, and truly clean energy that we need.”