Thursday, September 2, 2010

PPL/PSEG power line comment period extended

power line

Opponents (and supporters) of the controversial high-power, Susquehanna (PA) to Roseland (NJ) electrical transmission line today won an extra week to submit comments on the proposal.

The National Parks Service said it was extending the comment deadline from September 7 to September 14 because of the "high level of public interest in the project and the importance of public opinion to help determine the development of the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement).

According to the Parks Service, the EIS will “analyze a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives; evaluate potential issues and impacts to the resources and values of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River park units, and identify mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.”

PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania and PSEG in New Jersey are seeking approval for the bi-state project which they say is necessary to meet growing regional demands for electricity.

The project has drawn vehement opposition from environmentalists and numerous residents and officials in towns through which the line would pass, and also from outdoors enthusiasts who are concerned about the project’s impact on the Delaware River Water Gap National Recreation Area

The power line would follow a pre-existing right of way, replacing
80-foot-tall towers with 195-foot towers.

Comments can be submitted online through a link on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment site, (select Appalachian NST or Delaware Water Gap NRA), or by mailing comments to:

National Park Service 
Attention: DEWA PPL EIS Planning Team
Denver Service Center-Planning Division
P.O. Box 25287 
Denver, CO 80225-0287

Details about the EIS and project timeline can be found at:

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