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Northern Pass  Misses Another Route Deadline

Concord — Northern Pass officials have missed another self-imposed deadline for announcing the proposed project’s route.

In an annual report filed in late February, company officials said they expected to present a new 180-mile route from the Canadian border through New Hampshire by the end of March. Yesterday, a spokesman for the proposed hydropower project said the route wasn’t ready for public view. Michael Skelton referred reporters to the project’s website for a prepared statement.

“Although we have identified a new route which meets our project requirements,” the statement said, “we believe it is in the best of interest of landowners, communities, and all stakeholders for us to continue to build on the details of this proposal and to take the time now to make some additional refinements before we begin the formal public review processes at both the state and federal levels.”

Skelton said he didn’t know when the route would be announced.

Project officials have struggled to secure enough property in the North Country for the new 40-mile right of way it needs to run high-voltage transmission lines. They have pushed out the project’s start date several times to accommodate real estate delays.

North Country residents have been especially vocal in their opposition to the project, which would bring hydropower from Hydro-Quebec in Canada to Deerfield, where it would enter the New England energy grid.

Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 603-369-3323 or atimmins@cmonitor.com.