Easement setbacks are the distances from the edge of the right-of-way (ROW) that utility poles and towers are located. FERC has issued new guidelines concerning setback distances for new overhead power lines.

In a late Friday afternoon post on its website blog for June 22, Northern Pass took a swipe at a video produced by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF). Entitled “Northern Pass Hurts New Hampshire Families,” the video features a young family in Deerfield NH; the PSNH ROW crosses their land. The couple recounts how a PSNH agent approached them and told them that Northern Pass could build as close as 16′ to their house and 29′ over it. In other words, the setback for a 90′-140′ transmission tower and wires would be 0 from the edge of the ROW. This was an attempt to get the couple to grant PSNH more land or rights to widen the existing ROW.

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