Residents Oppose Eversource Project

Dozens of residents of Newington and Durham spoke Thursday night October 11, against a proposal to build a high-voltage transmission line between Madbury and Portsmouth.

The public hearing held by the Site Evaluation Committee at the Department of Environmental Services Field Office heard from all but one person who opposed the project.

The Site Evaluation Committee will make a final determination of the project late in November.

The main concern is that Eversource proposes to "jet plow" the transmission line underneath Little Bay, a technique where water jets would lay the cable under the bay's floor which is reburied as the silt resettles. Conditional approval has been given by the DES.

Many believe that jet plowing will severely affect the health of the bay by stirring up the sediment and dispersing toxins throughout the Great Bay Estuary.

State Rep. Marjorie Smith of Durham urged the SEC to force Eversource to select other routes that would not go through Great Bay.

The SEC is still taking public comments through e-mail which can be sent to the SEC administrator Pamela Monroe at Pamela.Monroe@sec.nh.gov.