Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bad news for PSE&G power line foes in NJ

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's transition team has released a report backing a major Public Service Electric & Gas Co. power line project through Northwest Jersey, The Daily Record reports today.

The newspaper said that the 19-page report calls for "more robust transmission network across the Delaware River and within New Jersey," claiming it is necessary to "eliminate constraints that prevent New Jersey residents and businesses from buying cheaper power."

PSEG's plan for the 45-mile, $750 million high-voltage Susquehanna-Roseland power line is currently being reviewed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities which recently postponed its decision in order to obtain more information about the reasons for the termination of a similar power line proposal in Virginia.

PSEG is seeking to erect new, higher towers to carry more voltage along an existing tower route through Warren, Sussex, Morris and Essex counties.

A number of residents along the proposed route say they fear potential negative health effects and also believe the line will depress property values.

Environmentalists argue that the line would would damage natural areas and that the energy it's designed to carry would be generated in coal-burning power plants. They also claim that much of the power would go to places outside of New Jersey.

Related environmental news:
Local residents along power line refuse access to PSE&G

State postpones decision on Susquehanna-Roseland line

PSE&G offers money to 16 N.J. towns to support line
Vote on proposed massive N.J. power line postponed
Lower energy projections put brakes on power lines

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