by Bob Hausman
Both a state land surveyor and a private land surveyor have agreed that the Soucier/Skinner property at the south end of Lake Willoughby comprises only one-tenth of an acre, not the two-tenths or more first claimed, according to Ed Leary, lands administrator for the state Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
In the latest chapter in the ongoing controversy regarding the purchase of boat launch access at the south beach of the lake, and the subsequent erection of "no trespassing" signs, Leary added, "Both surveyors have concurred that the property comprises 80 feet of lake frontage, not the 200 or 300 feet the owners had originally claimed. Both surveyors also agreed to where the line d
commissions and municipal legislative bodies.
"The final route was chosen with much care, input, and deliberation," said Varney. Noting that the approval "is predicated on environmental and safety conditions," he added that inspectors from the Department of Environmental Services and the Public Utilities Commission will be present during construction to ensure that the pipeline is built according to standards.
Varney commented that though the transmission line is an interstate line, it is designed with the potential to serve several major industrial sites in New Hampshire. Several laterals will be made available to Wausua Paper Mills in Groveton and Public Service of New Hampshire in Newingion, and the line will pass in close proximity to the Crown Vantage paper plants in Berlin and Gorham.
Mike Minkos, president of PNGTS, said, "I'm very pleased that we have achieved this significant milestone. I greatly appreciate the committee's hard work. New Hampshire is the first state to issue major approval for construction. This certificate follows closely on the heels of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's favorable draft environmental impact statement, confirming that PNGTS is on the mark."
Varney said the SEC decision and conditions would be transmitted to FERC and likely would be incorporated in the federal permitting authority's final decision.
It is expected the pipeline will generate $2 million in annual property taxes for the towns it traverses.