Public Scoping Meeting- Haverhill 3/20/11:
The U.S. Dept. of Energy held the second in a series of Public Scoping Meetings on the Northern Pass Project. They held their seventh one in Haverhill. There were approximately 280 in attendance.
Brian Mills of the Dept. of Energy gave the opening remarks about how the process works, what they will consider from the testimony given, and the public comment periods.
Rick Ladd is a state representative from Haverhill and sponsor of HB 649.
Nancy Millet Ducett
Chief Nancy Millet Ducett of the Abenaki tribe.
Rick Samson of Stewartstown said this prject is Unamerican takings.
Dave Dobbins of Gilford said ISO New England has not requested the power.
Fred Brownson of Wentworh talked about the environment threat of the project.
Tom Thomson of Orford said we should instead become energy independent.
Gary Danielson of Piermont suggested that the project be sent through Vermont.
Nancy Burton of Haverhill said to set up solar and wind in Connecticut.
Laura Soffo said land is priceless.
Lynn Wheeler of Haverhill questioned the claim that local labor would be used.
Mike Ronsmeir of Landaff is an attorney and spoke of elderly people who need cash who would be hurt by this project.
Steve Spofford ofGroton talked about the existing power lines in town.
Denise Draper is the Easton Tax Collector and said that utilities pay a different tax rate.
Tom Steketee is an Orford selectman.
Kelly Monahan of Orford talked about migratory birds.
Carol Currier of Ashland talked about the route being over the town's drinking water supply.
Linda Lower is the Bath emergency management director and is a member of the conservation commission.
Peter Flynn of Hollis talked about the impact on open space and tourism.
Carl Castle of Orford is a member of the conservation commission.
Michelle Vaughn of Thornton talked about the effect of the project on the maple season.
Tim Donlan of Bath worked in the elctric industry and hydro.
Pam Martin of Plymouth talked about Hydro Quebec's assault on the environment in Canada.
Susan Brown of N. Haverhill talked about the size of the Right of Way.
Richard Walling of Bath is on the River Bend Subcommittee of the Connnecticut River Joint Commissions and the Amanoosic River Local Advisory Committee.
Terry Sobecki of Haverhill has experience in carbon.
Peter Martin of Plymouth says that the ROWs will only get wider and wider.
Lissy Myers of N. Haverhill doesn't have a power pole at her home.
Carl Schmidt is on the Orford Conservation Commission.
Ed O'Brien of Easton doesn't want the world to see this.
James Seidel of Lyme retired natural resources career.
Ron Willoughby of N. Haverhill already has a National Grid line on his land.
John Amey of Pittsburg talked about people coming together from across the state.
Michael Gilmore of N. Conway discussed the number of power line border crossings already in existence.
Paul Ingbretson is a state representative from Haverhill.
Hawk Methany serve as the New England director of the Appalachian Trial Conservancy.
Bonnie Hall of Woodstock has a home near the Tripoli Rd. exit off I-93 where there's other power lines.
Andrea Bryant of Bethlehem says power lines can split a town.
Jacci Gilmore of N. Conway says this project will leave a scar across the landscape.
Wayne Fortier is a Haverhill selectman and asked DOE to take a serious critical look at the project.
Susan Schibanoff of the Bury the Northern Pass blog gave a tally of the numbers from the meetings.
Michael Gilmore of N. Conway got a second chance to speak.
Michelle Vaughn of Thornton got a second chance to speak.
Dave Dobbins of Gilford got a second chance to speak.
Denise Draper is the Easton Tax Collector and got a second chance to speak.
Richard McDaniels of N. Haverhill talked about experiences with power lines on his farm.
Jacci Gilmore of N. Conway got a second chance to speak.
Interview- U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Interview- U.S. Rep. Charles Bass
Interview- Executive Councilor Ray Burton
Interview- Brian Mills
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