Conservation Groups Take Power Line Battle to Court
A coalition of conservation groups has recently filed a motion in federal court for an injunction to stop construction of the 500 kilovolt overhead Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line through 3 popular national parks while the court considers claims that the power line will cause irreversible ecological and scenic damage (Warren Reporter). Construction and pre-construction activities have already begun on segments of the line in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The National Park Service has been heavily criticized (and understandably so) for approving the supersized line through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, despite the agency’s conclusion that the line would cause serious and enduring impacts on the parks.
The motion to stop construction of the massive transmission line was filed by: Earthjustice and Eastern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Highlands Coalition, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, National Parks Conservation Association, Rock the Earth, Sierra Club, and Stop the Lines.
See this link for more on the opposition to the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line.