More than 115 slated to share views at upcoming Northern Pass hearings
June 12. 2017 1:49PM
More than 115 people have signed up to give their views on the proposed Northern Pass project during upcoming hearings before a state committee considering the project.
Legislators, residents and business people are among those that have pre-registered to speak at one of three hearings before the Site Evaluation Committee in Concord.
The first hearing, from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, will include 40 speakers, including John Dumais from the New Hampshire Grocers Association, Mike Skelton from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Andrea Bryant from Environmental Action for Northern New Hampshire.
The proposed $1.6 billion project needs several state and federal approvals before it can start operating in late 2019 or early 2020. Project officials hope to garner all necessary approvals by the end of this year. The route runs from Pittsburg to Deerfield and includes 60 miles of buried lines.
Thirty-six people are registered to speak during a second hearing, June 22, including Rep. Bing Judd, R-Pittsburg, and Edward Jeffrey from New Hampshire Central Railroad.
Forty-one people are lined up for the third hearing, July 20, including Mark Bailey from BAE Systems in Nashua and several legislators, including Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare.
Speakers will get up to three minutes to speak.
The committee said more public statement hearings will be added later.