Shaheen Welcomes Announcement of Rescheduled Northern Pass Hearings

**Includes Colebrook hearing that Senator Shaheen and Governor Hassan requested, now scheduled for March 7th**

January 29, 2016

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) announcement of the time and location of rescheduled hearings on the proposed Northern Pass transmission project. Late last year, Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan urged DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz to include a public hearing in northern Coos County to better accommodate the input of citizens in the region.

“Granite Staters must have ample opportunity to review this project and have their voices heard,” said Shaheen. “The previously announced hearings denied residents of the North Country the ability to easily express their thoughts on the project. I’m pleased that DOE has listened to concerns of New Hampshire stakeholders and will provide a forum for Coos County residents to participate in this review process.”

The public hearings provide an opportunity for Granite Staters to comment on DOE’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, announced last summer, and the Supplement to the Draft EIS, announced in November.

Details of the four scheduled hearings are included below:

Colebrook:      

Monday March 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Colebrook Elementary School, 27 Dumont Street,

Colebrook, NH

Waterville      

Wednesday March 9, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Waterville Valley Conference and Event Center, Waterville Room,

Waterville Valley, NH

Concord:        

Thursday March 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Grappone Conference Center

Granite Ballroom

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH

Whitefield:    

Friday March 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa

Presidential Room

101 Mountain View Road

Whitefield, NH