A controversy over a Bedford firm getting the contract to conduct the environmental impact study on the Northern Pass electric project is over. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
In December the Department of Energy okayed a recommendation from Northern Pass that Normandeau Associates conduct a crucial environmental impact statement on the project.
That immediately raised objections from environmental groups.
The Conservation Law Foundation, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Coos Community Benefits Alliance said there was an unacceptable conflict of interest.
The reason was that Normandeau was already working for Northern Pass, helping it with state permits.
Then Sen. Jeanne Shaheen asked the DOE for an explanation.
Officials for The Northern Pass told the DOE they would like another firm to handle the impact statement.
They insisted Normandeau would have done a good job and there was no conflict of interest.
But they said it is important that the public have confidence in the study.
They suggested DOE pick the contractor this time.
For NHPR News, this is Chris Jensen