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Power Project Damaging Delaware Water Gap, Environmentalists Say

Construction on Susquehanna-Roseland project expected to begin in September.

A group of environmentalists are trying to halt the Susquehanna-Roseland power line project on grounds that they say the power line, being built by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), will damage the Delaware Water Gap and impede views by the waterway, according to NJ.com.

The group has approached a federal judge asking for swift action to prevent what they believe will be damage to environmentally sensitive areas from the line and its construction, NJ.com reported. Pre-construction work began last September on the Susquehanna-Roseland power line project, although construction is expected to be in full swing by this September.

The New Jersey portion of the 500,000-volt transmission line, which will begin in Berwick, PA, will go through 45 miles of the state, starting in Warren County and going east through Andover and Jefferson into Montville and then turning south to Roseland. Parts of the line also run through Hopatcong, Kinnelon and Parsippany.

According to PSE&G, the project to install the new line is intended to improve "reliable electric service." The power line is expected to be operational by June 2015.

Paul Yager August 21, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Another case of not in our back yard. What a waste of time and "energy".
D Ambriano August 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Really? Apparently you don't live anywhere near them. I just got 2 giant towers (I was told 1) installed near my back yard, complete with flashing lights for low flying aircraft (I was told "temporary" but given no timeframe for removal), and decimation of the natural buffer between us and the new towers (aka "trimming). The entire project has been poorly handled from a property owner communication/respect standpoint, not to mention to devaluation of affected property. The Park Service was remiss in its responsibility to protect the environment for all of us now and in the future by allowing itself to be paid off. The lines should have been built along Route 80.

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