No Eversource Jet Plowing Across Little Bay
Eversource's Seacoast Reliability Project proposes jet plowing 8' under Little Bay in the Great Bay Estuary to connect transmission lines between the Madbury NH and the Newington NH substations. This jet plowing method is risky and poses serious adverse ecological impact on Little Bay and the greater nationally protected Great Bay Estuary. GeoInsight and Woods Hole Groups reviewed the Eversource Environmental Impact Study and concluded that because of "gaps in the data as well as limitations of analysis provided so far by the Applicant, it cannot assure the residents of Durham that there are no unreasonable adverse ecological effects or that the impact on natural resources will be manageably limited in the Little Bay, and that unreasonable adverse effects in the worst case will not migrate up north towards the mouth of the Oyster River or south beyond the mouth of the Great Bay." (http://www.unionleader.com/article/20170303/NEWS05..) The full response can be found here https://www.ci.durham.nh.us/sites/default/files/fi...
Importantly, the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy disputes Eversource's analysis of the need for this project (https://carsey.unh.edu/publication/perspective/nh-... )
We, the undersigned, request that this application be denied by the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) because of the potential for serious environmental impact on the Great Bay Estuary watershed from jet plowing and other methods described in the Eversource application.