Update: The National Park Service has now published the Final Environmental Statement on the project. See our September 1, 2012 post for updated information.
The National Park Service has published its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for construction and right-of-way permit as requested by Pennsylvania Power and Light Electric Utilities Corporations (PPL) and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), in connection with their proposed Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line. The project is more fully described in our previous post of January 21, 2010.
The National Park Service found that PPL's proposed route and all alternatives that would cross the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area would have adverse environmental impacts. The DEIS concludes that the environmentally preferred alternative is "no action": to deny the request for the right of way and construction permit.
A public comment period including public meetings has started and will end on January 31, 2012. Comments can be submitted electronically at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment page.
Three public hearings (6:00-9:00pm) will be held:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 (snow date 1/31 if required) Fernwood Hotel and Resort U.S. 209 Bushkill, PA 18324
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (snow date 2/1 if required) Stroudsmoor Country Inn - Ridgecrest RD#4 Stroudsmoor Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Thursday, January 26, 2012 (snow date 2/2 if required) Farmstead Golf and Country Club 88 Lawrence Road Lafayette, NJ 07848