Power line opponents make last-ditch online pitch By MEGHAN VAN DYK STAFF WRITER
Critics who object
to PSE&G's plan to build a 45-mile powerline from Susquehanna, Pa.
to Roseland rolled out an online video in a last effort before the
project will be pitched to the Board of Public Utilities.
Councilman Scott Byram said the aim of the video, filmed by the
Coalition of Municipalities against the lines in collaboration with the
New Jersey Highlands Coalition, Sierra Club's New Jersey Chapter, and
Stop The Lines, is to re-energize the public and get out the groups'
message that the powerline project conflicts with the state's energy
master plan and should be stopped.
"We believe this project is
based on greed and not need," Olson says in the video, set on the leafy
easement where the existing 84-foot tall 230-kilovolt power lines cut
through his township. "The need for this project could be mitigated by
using such things as demand-side management, energy conservation and
energy efficiency, as well as locally generated renewables."
evidentiary hearings on the project begin Monday at 10 a.m. at the
BPU's Newark office, 2 Gateway Center. The hearings are open to the
public, but no public testimony will be taken.
officials have said the project is needed to ensure reliable service
and to meet future power demands. Line towers would double in height to
190 feet and lines would be upgraded to hold 500,000 kilovolts.
The Coalition of Municipalities has commissioned consultants to refute PSE&G's assertions.
usage in this area has been on the decline for the past couple of
years," Andover Township Committeeman Mike Lensak says in the video.
"In other parts of the country, applications that haven't proven their
need for more energy have been denied. It's possible for us to deny
this from going through."
The video and sample letters residents
can send to legislators are located on the Coalition's YouTube channel,
"Oppose the Towers!," as well as on its Web site, www.opposethetowers.com.
The Coalition of Municipalities against the lines includes Andover
Township, Byram Township, Fredon Township, East Hanover, Parsippany,
Montville Township and Hardwick Township.