Power lines meet resistance; Some people fight wider easements
Northern Pass, a different entity than PSNH, cannot simply assume ownership of those easements, Savage said. He pointed to a legal opinion the forest society recently requested on the state's eminent domain law. The opinion, written by attorneys with the Ransmier and Spellman law firm in Concord, concludes that Northern Pass cannot use the power of eminent domain.
November 2, 2011
by Annmarie Timmins
in Concord Monitor
Northern Pass officials may find that widening existing power line easements from Groveton to Deerfield to bring hydropower from Canada requires more than finding landowners willing to sell.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is challenging Northern Pass's right to use any of the 140 miles of existing right of way, arguing that Northern Pass is a private company, not the public utility that negotiated those easements decades ago. The society is urging landowners along the proposed route to research their property deeds for language that would prevent Northern Pass from erecting towers and transmission lines along the... [continue via Web link]