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(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced the public comment period for the proposed Northern Pass transmission project has been extended from April 12 to June 14.  The decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend the deadline comes on the heels of a letter from Shaheen, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and U.S. Representative Charlie Bass (R-NH) to the DOE requesting an extension so more New Hampshire residents could have time to make their voices heard on the proposed project.

“Given the number of New Hampshire communities potentially affected by the Northern Pass project, I’m pleased the DOE has extended the comment period to ensure that their voices are heard,” Shaheen said.  “A project of this magnitude merits a thorough analysis, and I’m committed to ensuring the citizens of New Hampshire get a process that’s transparent and fair.”

Shaheen has been active in calling for transparency throughout the Northern Pass review process.  Past letters from the Senator to the DOE have helped residents secure an additional public meeting on the project and contributed to a change in the contractor charged with carrying out the project’s environmental review, following concerns about a potential conflict of interest.