Public Involvement Opportunities

Scoping is the first phase of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis process. It is intended to give interested parties the chance to comment on a proposed action and to offer suggestions about the issues to be considered in the EIS analyses.

Commenting on the draft EIS is the second major phase of public involvement. Comments on the draft EIS and Supplement to the draft EIS could be submitted to DOE by mail, fax, email or through the comment form on the Northern Pass EIS website, and comments could be provided verbally or in writing at the scheduled public hearings. The comment period on the draft EIS and the Supplement to the draft EIS was open from July 31, 2015 through April 4, 2016. Comments submitted after that date were considered to the extent practicable. Public hearings on the draft EIS and Supplement were held in March 2016. The comment period for the draft EIS is now closed.

Future public activities for the EIS include public distribution of the final EIS and issuance of DOE’s Record of Decision.

Members of the public may also provide input to DOE’s Section 106 review. For more information, please visit the Section 106 consultation page.

If you have a comment you would like to submit that doesn’t fit into one of the Public Comment Periods described on this website, you can submit it at any time to the address below. Please include the subject of the comment in the first sentence: 

Brian Mills
Senior Planning Advisor
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20)
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585