SUSSEX -- Environmentalists from throughout the county are expected to hold a rally Friday evening against PSE&G's plans to build a 45-mile power line that would stretch from Susquehanna, Pa., to Roseland in Essex County.
The rally, hosted by Fredon Parents Against the Lines (PAL), will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Newton Square.
Representatives from Stop the Lines, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition and Stop Riverbank, a group opposed to the construction of an electrical transfer plant in Sparta, are among those expected to attend.
"The idea is for all the groups to come together ... to demonstrate the breath of opposition to this project," said Tadd Wisinski of Fredon PAL, which has about 350 members, mostly parents of students at the Fredon Elementary School, near where the line would pass.
Wisinski said he expected a "couple of hundred" protesters at today's rally.
The New Jersey stretch of the existing right-of-way passes through Essex and Morris counties, and through the Sussex County municipalities of Sparta, Hopatcong, Byram, Andover, Newton, Fredon and Stillwater, before moving into Hardwick in Warren County and into Pennsylvania.
PSE&G officials say the project, which includes higher towers and higher-capacity lines, is needed to ensure reliable service and to meet future power demands. The Susquehanna-Roseland project is estimated to cost $750 million.
Meanwhile, the state Board of Public Utilities has announced it will hold three hearings next month to discuss the project.
The hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 11 and June 18 at the Sussex County Community College Theater; and at 7 p.m. on June 30 at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown.
Dec. 22, 2008 -- Highlands Council draft report recommends against high-voltage line
Nov. 18, 2008 -- Environmental groups call for state scrutiny of proposed power line
Nov. 11, 2008 -- PSE&G pulling end-run on power line, critics say
Oct. 28, 2008 -- North Jersey power line challenged over environmental concerns