Eversource Undergrounding and Environmental Concerns

The proposed route for the undergrounding of two electric transmission cables will involve horizontal directional drilling and take a path through Veteran’s Memorial Park. According to Wikipedia, that land, formally named Duffy’s Field, was also once a dumpsite that was never environmentally tested. Dumping continued until the 1960s. Veterans Park was built before the state Department of Environmental Protection had a permitting process for old dumpsites.

This project was not subject to environmental review as part of the EA/EIS done for the Walk Bridge project, for technical reasons, even though the relocation is a necessary consequence.

Eversource intends to petition the Connecticut Siting Council (which is responsible for overseeing the location/installation of utility resources) for a Declaratory Ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility & Public Need is required. Also due to a technicality in the way the governing Connecticut Statute is written, it is likely that such a ruling will be granted.