State Supreme Court to hear Northern Pass appeal May 15
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on May 15 in the battle over the Northern Pass transmission line project.
Eversource is appealing state regulators’ rejection of the project last year.
Unlike the usual 15 minutes per side, Eversource and project opponents are being given a total of 50 minutes each to speak before the court, according to an advisory issued Friday. The opponents will determine how they will split up their 50 minutes among multiple attorneys.
Eversource says the state’s Site Evaluation Committee failed to fully deliberate the case, misapplied its own rules, and put an undue burden on the company in rejecting the project last year.
The committee denied the power project over concerns it would harm tourism and property values
The ruling prompted Massachusetts to abandon its plans to get clean energy from the $1.6 billion Northern Pass project, which calls for constructing a 192-mile (308-kilometer) transmission line to bring 1,090 megawatts of hydropower from Canada to New England.
The opponents include a number of communities: Concord, Deerfield, Littleton, New Hampton, Pembroke, Bethlehem, Bristol, Easton, Franconia, Northumberland, Plymouth, Sugar Hill, and Whitefield.
Environmental groups listed as opponents include the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. A homeowner’s association also is on the list.