STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Environmental groups, local residents
BACKGROUND: PPL Electric Utilities and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) have jointly proposed to build the Susquehanna-Roseland Project, a 500-kilovolt overhead transmission line from Berwick, Pennsylvania to Roseland, New Jersey. The total project cost is $1.3 billion. The line was ordered by PJM Interconnection, the regional entity responsible for planning the transmission system, which determined that the power line is needed to ensure reliability of electricity supplies.
A host of environmental and citizens’ groups oppose the project. The National Park Service, which has jurisdiction over the four miles of the line that go through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Appalachian Trail along an existing transmission pathway, received 3,342 comments on proposed alternatives to the project. The New Jersey Highlands Coalition and the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club have urged New Jersey to kill the project, which they claim will ruin pristine land and promote polluting, coal-burning generating plants in the west.
On July 30, 2010, PSE&G announced that the project’s completion, originally expected to be 2012, will be delayed an additional three years. PSE&G cited a prolonged environmental approval process as the reason for the delay. Days earlier, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection found the company’s application to disturb wetlands incomplete.
SOURCES: PPL: http://www.pplreliablepower.com/projectoverview.htm;
Newark Star-Ledger: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/pseg_delays_construction_of_co.html;
Stop the Lines: http://www.stopthelines.com/;
Lehigh Valley Express-Times: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2010/11/susquehanna-roseland_power_lin.html
Last Updated: December 9, 2010