Following the announcement of a new Northern Pass proposal, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
"It is encouraging to see that Northern Pass officials listened to people across New Hampshire and are not proposing to violate the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters easement. But it is clear that many questions remain regarding the impacts that the proposed project could have on the White Mountain National Forest, as well as on New Hampshire's economy, environment, natural resources, communities and people.
"As opposed to the first Northern Pass proposal, the newly proposed route appropriately buries transmission lines in some areas. However, from an initial review of the proposal I continue to believe that project officials must more fully explore options for burying more of the lines. I strongly encourage Northern Pass officials to continue to listen to the concerns of affected communities and the people of New Hampshire.
"Protecting the beautiful natural resources and scenic views of the North Country is integral to maintaining New Hampshire's high quality of life and for keeping our tourism-driven economy strong. With the new proposal released, I encourage the federal government to thoroughly evaluate the plan, and I will work to ensure that, in accordance with the law, New Hampshire undertakes a rigorous review process that provides significant opportunities for public voices to be fully heard."