CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's congressional delegation has asked the federal Department of Energy to do a more rigorous review of a contentious proposal to build a 187-mile electric transmission line through the northern part of the state.
The senators and representatives, in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, cite a change in the route of the proposed Northern Pass project and concerns they've heard from constituents. The delegation released a statement about the letter on Tuesday.
The delegation — Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter — also want to know if a federal environmental review can continue before the project's backers demonstrate they can legally pursue construction on the new route.
The $1.4 billion project would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power, enough to serve 1.2 million homes, from Hydro-Quebec into New England.
Project developers in June announced a new route that they said takes into account concerns raised over an earlier plan. The plan has stirred intense criticism in the state's North Country, where opponents argue towers carrying the electricity south would damage the environment, lower property values and hurt tourism.
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