Remember the sorry episode of Normandeau Associates, the environmental consultants hired to conduct the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Department of Energy (DOE) at Northern Pass’s expense? There was incredulity that a consultant group with such historically close ties to PSNH and that had, in fact, promoted the project for Northern Pass Transmission LLC (NPT) as early as June 2010 and would also represent it at the state level was selected. Ultimately, it took intervention at the federal level, with Energy Secretary Chu, to force NPT to withdraw Normandeau, although there was never any admission of the clear conflict of interest. As Senator Shaheen argued, NEPA regulations require that the DOE avoid “any conflict of interest” in the choice of an EIS contractor.
Normandeau Redux: They’re Baa-ck!