CONCORD — Experts hired to assess Northern Pass’s impact on scenic resources failed to ask for the public’s opinion, the Counsel for the Public’s attorney charged on Monday.
While other studies done by Terrence J. DeWan Associates included surveys of those potentially affected by changes in scenery, attorney Doreen Connor said not one survey was done for the Northern Pass Transmission project.
DeWan said his landscape architecture and planning firm obtained a good overview of the public’s opinion by attending public hearings, reading hundreds of letters and reviewing the potential impact of the project.
The study done by the company found that only about 20 of 525 scenic resources within three miles of the 192-mile, high-voltage transmission line would be impacted, and none significantly.
However, Connor claimed DeWan’s methodology failed to identify all of the potentially affected scenic resources and minimized the visual impact to those areas. .... ... .. .