Tuesday, February 12, 2013
State Appellate Court decides to uphold BPU decision to allow power line project.
As construction continues on the 500-kilovolt Susquehanna-Roseland power line, a group of environmentalists expressed disappointment in a state Appellate Court's decision Monday to allow the project to move forward. According to court documents, the environmental groups challenged the Board of Public Utility's April 2010 approval of Public Service Energy and Gas' (PSE&G) Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line project, for which a line will be constructed to run through 45 miles of the state starting in Berwick, Pa., and ending in Roseland. Construction activities have already begun in parts of Montville, Kinnelon, Jefferson, Hopatcong, Boonton and Rockaway. PSE&G has said the new line will improve service reliability. The Appellate Court …
Friday, December 28, 2012
PSE&G Susquehanna-Roseland line will run through several local communities.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Several environmentalists are hoping to stop Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) Company's Susquehanna-Roseland power line project through a new lawsuit filed in federal court. The suit claims that PSE&G's project will damage the scenery and ecology of the three national parks the line, which will go from Berverwick, Pa., to Roseland, will be in, according to Neighbor News. The suit's intent is to stop construction on the line until a court ruling can be made on whether the National Park Service's approval of the project is in compliance with federal law. Read the full story from Neighbor News here. The 500-volt line project, which began with a pre-construction phase in September, impacts several local communities. The transmission …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
After about a month of construction delays, the Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line is still moving forward.
It's been about three months since PSE&G started preperation work on upgrading the Susquehanna-Roseland power line, and since then officials have been making progress, after getting delayed about a month from Hurricane Sandy. This power line, which has been a controversial project, is a 500,000-volt transmission line that will go through Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey, including Jefferson. "Right now it's still site preparation, grading, excavation, and road work," PSE&G Project Director John Margaritis said. He said this week crews worked on Croft Road, Weldon Road and Sachem Road. Crews disassembled towers and removed wire in the right-of-way off Croft Road and Sachem Road, he said. The tower assembly was also done in the right-of-…
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Instead of starting work on $790 million project before getting final approval, how about clearing trees along power lines?
Construction has begun on Public Service Electric and Gas Co.'s transmission line upgrade through Northwest New Jersey. That would seem to be slightly premature, as the National Park Service still technically has not given final approval for the work—upgrading the existing 230-kilovolt transmission line for about 45 miles, adding 500 kilovolts onto towers that would be as tall as 195 feet in some cases. The park service's approval is only for its property, but it is still critical, given the line runs smack through the Delaware Water Gap. And while the NPS won't make a final decision for at least a month after releasing its environmental impact statement—expected sometime this month—its approval appears to be a given. Still, it has not …
Monday, April 2, 2012
President Obama makes Susquehanna-Roseland project a priority, utilities offer money and NPS says it's OK
The seasaw that is the National Park Service’s approval process for the Susquehanna-Roseland power line upgrade has pushed Public Service Electric and Gas Co. up and environmentalists down. And it only cost $30 to 40 million. Last week, the park service reversed a preliminary opinion that the utilities should not do any work on land under its jurisdiction—parts of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Instead, the NPS’s new “preferred alternative” is to give PSE&G and PPL Electric Utilities Corp. their wish and allow them to upgrade the existing 230-kilovolt transmission line, adding 500 kilovolts onto towers that would be as tall as 195 …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Those fighting Susquehanna-Roseland line want "powerful" comments for National Park Service.
Opponents of a proposed power line will meet this week in East Hanover and in Pennsylvania to learn "how to make the most powerful comments possible" at National Park Service hearings on the project later this month in hopes of having the plan derailed, according to an environmental group. Kate Millsaps, program assistant for the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, said information sessions will be held on Thursday, ahead of the actual hearings scheduled for two weeks later. An email invitation from Millsaps said "we need all hands on deck at those hearings" in hopes of having the National Park Service nix the plan. The Susquehanna-Roseland line has been discussed for about four years. Both Pennsylvania regulators and the NJ Board of …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Dozens protest Susquehanna-Roseland power line at Lurker Park in East Hanover.
About 50 residents, municipal officials and members of state environmental groups gathered at Lurker Park in East Hanover on Thursday afternoon for a rally opposing the federal government's fast-tracking of the Susquehanna-Roseland power line, saying the Obama administration's support for the project compromises the environmental review process that already is underway by the National Park Service. The Obama administration announced in early October its decision to make the project a priority as part of a program to create jobs and upgrade the power grid. By supporting the project before the review is complete, "That violates the whole spirit of the environmental review process," said Kate Millsaps, of the NJ Sierra Club. Opponents of PSE&…