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Written by northernpass

January 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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Landowner outreach – what’s the process?

The Northern Pass Project: Working with Landonwers

An illustration of the process project team members are following as they work with landowners.

Direct outreach to property owners along the proposed preferred route of the project continues this week with a letter to landowners in Columbia. Here’s a sample

The Process – Following receipt of the letter, a landowner will be contacted by a member of the project team in order to schedule a meeting to discuss accessing the property in order to collect data.

As you can see from the process illustration chart to the right, data collection, which is necessary as part of the Federal and State permitting processes, is done to fully understand the various characteristics of the property so that the best information is available when planning the specific locations of lines and structures.

A payment of $400.00 is typically made to the landowner in recognition of the inconvenience of the process; an additional $400.00 payment is made if soil borings are necessary.

Granting access to the Northern Pass project team for this data collection in no way diminishes any existing landowner rights.  It simply allows for access to the property for the data collection.

Written by northernpass

January 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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Landowner outreach – Stewartstown/Columbia

If you are a landowner along the Northern Pass proposed preferred route, you will at some point receive a letter from the project team. Subsequent to the letter, a team member will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss the project and how it could affect your property.
Letters to landowners in Stewartstown were mailed the week of December 27, 2010. Here is a sample letter Letters to landowners in Columbia are expected to be mailed this week.

Written by northernpass

January 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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Helpful Brochure

The brochure provides a high-level explanation of the federal permitting process

We expect to hear soon from the US Department of Energy regarding its public process of considering the Northern Pass project.  It’s a process that many citizens may have never dealt with previously.

I came across a DOE brochure that appears very appropriate for those who are interested in the Northern Pass project and how the federal aspect of the permitting process will proceed.  To view and print the brochure, click the image or  click here.

Written by northernpass

December 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm

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On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In his 30-year career with Hydro-Québec (HQ), scientist Claude Demers (now retired) conducted extensive research into the environmental impacts associated with the development of man-made hydroelectric reservoirs. This work included the measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions levels associated with the development of HQ’s Eastmain 1 Reservoir, as well as the measurement of GHG emissions from existing man-made hydroelectric reservoirs and naturally occurring water bodies in northern Québec.

In this brief video, Demers reports that GHG emissions associated with HQ’s man-made hydroelectric reservoirs are very low, and are comparable to neighboring, naturally occurring water bodies.

Written by northernpass

December 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Project briefing to NH Snowmobile Association

Team members on Tuesday, December 22 provided an overview of the Northern Pass project at a regular monthly meeting of the N.H. Snowmobile Association Board of Directors.

The board asked about impact of the new transmission line on any existing trails and the possible use of the right-of-way for use by snow machines.

While no commitments were made, the project team members expressed a willingness to work with the Association and with private property owners in the future on both issues to ensure continued, appropriate recreational use of the land.

Written by northernpass

December 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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Project People: Jim Wagner

This is the first in a series of posts that will introduce some of the people who are working on The Northern Pass transmission project.

Jim Wagner

Community Relations Specialist

What is your role in The Northern Pass project?
I am the Community Relations Specialist focusing on the North Country. In the near term I will be teaming up with our real estate agents and working with the landowners impacted by the proposed transmission line in the North Country. In the long term, I expect to cultivate and maintain relationships in the North Country to provide information about the project, address community issues, and answer questions.

How is this project different than others you’ve worked on?
My background is in the management of pulp and paper mills and economic development. I’ve also worked on the full design and permitting for a pellet manufacturing facility. I have worked very closely with communities and State officials on many projects. Being a Community Relations Specialist allows me to draw from my experience over the last 35 years, especially the 20 years I’ve lived and worked in Northern New Hampshire.

Why do you support this project?
As our economy continues to struggle, this project provides an immediate boost for jobs over three years. Being a major part of the pulp and paper mills in Northern New Hampshire has given me a strong appreciation for what the North Country has gone through. This project is also a major step to contribute to addressing global warming.

Written by northernpass

December 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

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