Does Northern Pass hold a right of way (ROW) or easement rights from the USFS to cross the WMNF?
- No, the USFS does not deed permanent ROW easements on the WMNF.
- For six miles of the ten-mile corridor through the WMNF, Northern Pass is applying for a Special Use Permit, which is renewable but not permanent. SUPs usually are granted for 30 years.
- For the remaining four miles, Northern Pass proposes to use PSNH's private easement that had already been granted when WMNF acquired the land.
- That's a good question.
- The 1951 easement deed restricts rights to "the grantee [PSNH], its successors, and assigns," legal terms.
- Northern Pass is not PSNH's legal successor or assign.
- Stay tuned.
- Northern Pass says no. It has excluded the four miles of private easement from its application.
- More on this in a subsequent part of this series.
- Two, a new AC line and new DC line.
- The old AC line in the center of the 150' corridor would be dug up and removed.
- The new AC line would be installed on one edge of the corridor.
- The new DC line would be constructed on the other edge of the corridor.
- The current creosoted AC poles would be dug up, disassembled, and removed from the corridor.
- After removal from the corridor, the poles would be recycled, buried in a landfill, or burned in a commercial or industrial incinerator or boiler.
- Northern Pass proposes to construct 79 towers for the new AC line.
- It also proposes to construct 79 towers for the new DC line.
- The total would be158 new towers.
- The AC towers would be approximately 65'-110'.
- The DC towers would be approximately 100'-135'.
- The typical height of the current poles is 52'.
- The tallest new structures will be 2x to 2.75x higher than the current poles.
|National Grid, Rte. 25C, Warren NH|
Has Northern Pass published one of those "visual simulations" for what its two lines of towers will look like in the WMNF?