Law Firm: Northern Pass Can't Cross Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Land Protected By Easement

The Forest Society has blocked the intended route of Northern Pass through Coos County by working with landowners to permanently conserve lands Northern Pass could use to complete a route. In anticipation of a possible attempt by Northern Pass officials to get around the block by getting permission from the state to cross conservation land in the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters area, the Forest Society sought a legal opinion recently on such a scenario from the Concord law firm of Ransmeier & Spellman.

The headwaters area, 146,400 acres, is owned by The Forestland Group and is protected by a conservation easement held by the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development. Ransmeier & Spellman concluded that the easement's protections do indeed include transmission line projects such as Northern Pass.

The Forest Society sent a copy of the legal memo to Gov. Maggie Hassan, members of the state Executive Council, state legislative leaders and our conservation partners.
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