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local generation are much better solutions to our future energy needs
There is currently a huge excess of energy generation in the PJM grid (see
below) - We CAN'T AFFORD 195' high towering towers across NJ!!!
PSE&G is wasting all of our money on pushing this unwanted project -
PSE&G makes a 12% return on every penny they spend on this project, and it
is added to your electric bill!!
We are opposed to this project because it is all about PSE&G GREED at NJ's
expense. This line is NOT NEEDED !!!
PSE&G wants to add a huge new 500KV line through an existing ROW that was NOT
designed for it.
The National Park Service can change the outcome - they are considering a
"no-build" option, and other routes
Oct 5, 2012 The NPS
"decision" to approve this project was predetermined a year ago
Sept 21 2012 ACTUAL Peak Demand has dropped lower than
the peak of 2008 in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. There is no growth. Why
.9% growth is still expected makes no sense.
See page 14 of this PJM document:
2012 PJM RTEP
Sept 21 2012 The project was originally deemed "necessary"
because peak demand was projected to grow 1.4% per year over the next 10 years
the PSEG region. That estimate has been at .9% now for the past 2 years,
which is 35% lower than it was in 2008
when the project was
proposed. According to the BPU order, the BPU retains it's
reopen the matter “[i]f that [Regional Transmission Expansion Plan
(“RTEP”)] deems that this Project may no longer appear to be necessary, or
can be delayed significantly.”
Sept 20 2012 The NPS is due to come out with their
"Record of decision" soon. The NPS Organic act of 1916 states in
part "...purpose is to conserve
the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to
provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner
and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future
Sept 2012 PJM will use
demand response to avoid any NERC Violations between 2012 and 2015. Why
not continue to use demand response into
the future in order to avoid having to build this line at all?? It is
available and alleviates the need for projects such as this.
Mar 29 2012 The National Park Service announced today that
the "preferred route" is the existing ROW that currently goes through the park.
200' high towers through the
existing ROW will be devastating to the DWGNRA. We can't believe
that this is a decision that was made by the NPS!!
3/29/12 NPS press
The final EIS will be released in the fall of 2012. Allowing nearly 200'
high towers through the park would go
directly against the NPS Organic Act of 1916 which
promises to conserve and protect the scenery of our National Parks for future
http://www.nps.gov/legacy/organic-act.htm This is OUR PARK!!!
And no, the ratepayers do not want to pay $30 to $60 Million to buy additional
property near the DWGNRA, we want to protect it's visual appeal. DON'T DESTROY
Mar 21 2012 We are expecting the NPS to release their
"preferred route" sometime before the EIS is completed, perhaps soon. We
are hopeful that the preferred route
will be the "No build" alternative.
Jan 17 2012 Recommendations for topics to cover in your
comments is available - click
Comments must be submitted before the end of January 2012.
Comments can be brought to the public hearings on Jan 24, 25, 26 (more info in
above link) or can be submitted online at link below that says "Submit comments
Nov 22 National Park Service releases the draft EIS
(Environmental Impact Statement) for public to comment on.
The Preferred option is the "No Build" alternative.
View documents here
Send your public comments to the NPS here (THEY NEED PUBLIC COMMENT!) :
Demand Response programs are working, and energy demand continues to drop.
There is no need for this overkill project that is all about corporate greed.
Randolph officials are sadly very mis-informed about exactly what PSE&G is
proposing to do - they might want to look further into the facts and oppose this
It's understandable that Ms. Mitsch doesn't want this project through her town,
but she needs to learn more of the facts behind this proposal. Article here
Nov 23 PSEG sees
growth largely driven by Transmission Projects (at ratepayer expense)
Nov 5 Just a
reminder, this is not a "NIMBY" issue - this poorly planned project would be
visible for miles and miles - it does not belong in New Jersey's backyard!!!
completely unnecessary, and is a profit-driven project pushed by the coal
industry. There are much better solutions to our future energy needs
Oct 24 10 speakers
from multiple groups spoke yesterday at a rally uniting PA and NJ against the
Susquehanna-Roseland proposal. Rally was held at the Portland Walking
links Portland PA and Columbia NJ.
Lehighvalleylive.com articleNJ Herald article
There are so many better options than stringing wires on 195' high towers..
Oct 15 Report
touts benefits of offshore east coast wind
Article Here 64% of NJ energy could come from offshore wind!! PSE&G
has dragged their feet for too long.....
Oct 13 Google
investing $1.8 Billion in offshore wind project -will eliminate need for
expansion of S-R line.
Imagine that - google will invest that money, whereas PSE&G wants ratepayers to
pay for the greedy S-R expansion project.
Anxiously awaiting PSE&G's withdrawal of the S-R expansion...
Please join us at a rally at the Portland foot bridge on Oct 23 at 11AM -
and directions here
Sept 29 PSE&G now
agrees that there are better alternatives to transmission, and that more lines
threaten renewables & promote coal!!
Press Release here
PSE&G report here
Sept 23 Controversial Highlands
Transmission Line, a ‘Superhighway’ to Deliver Low-Cost Power?
Sept 15 Power co's
now considering putting 230KV and 500KV lines through a 100' ROW (!)
Article is HERE but
PJM requires 300' for 2 circuit lines.press release
Sept 15 Formal
public comment regarding alternatives, written & submitted by EELC on behalf of
numerous environmental groups and Stop The Lines is
National Park accepting comments until Sept. 14 - tell them we don't need this
project, and that "no-build" is the best option. Click
here to make a difference!
Aug 31 National
Park Service is accepting public comment until Sept 14 on alternatives.
We urge you to recommend no-build alternative, as the line is not necessary.
Demand response programs have increased 5 fold over the past 5 years.
This, combined with efficiency and conservation have alleviated the need for
National Park Service "Alternatives" hearings August 17, 18, and 19 2010.
Please plan to attend - they need your input !!!
info on the hearings here:
NPS August public input
From the mouth of PJM regarding last week's heatwave- confirmation that we don't
need the proposed S-R line:
"Conservation efforts, including demand-response limitations on peak
usage, saved as much as 3,000 megawatts on the PJM grid, DuPont-Kidd added. "They do make an impact," she said. "Programs like demand-response can
make the difference."
We have filed an appeal to the BPU decision
May 19 Info on
upcoming tour May 22 and Hike June 5 - more info here:
May 12 Visit our
fundraiser site at
National Park Service public comment summary report is here:
NPS Scoping Comment
Apr 21 BPU
written order was issued today:
BPU Written Order
Apr 13 Hike to
Save the Park is scheduled for May 1 beginning at Millbrook Village. More
Mar 31 Please plan to attend upcoming scoping and DEP hearings April 26
and 28 - more info here
Mar 12 We filed our NPS
Scoping Comments , and also signed on to
EELC Scoping Comments
Mar 5 National Park Service has extended initial public comment date
to March 12 due to public outcry regarding the proposal. Please click link
above and submit comments!
us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
need more info on how to comment.
Feb 22 PSE&G still needs approvals from National Park Service to drag that
coal fired energy through Delaware National recreation Area - Study by NPS will
take 2 years
encourage you to submit comments on how this project will destroy our National
Park at the following link:
Feb 11 BPU took Steve Herling's word instead of requiring a sensitivity
analysis, and believes there is a "need".
Feb 10 The BPU may
render a decision at it's meeting tomorrow. Public is encouraged to attend
meeting at BPU headquarters at 2PM on Thursday Feb 11
Jan 15 The
BPU has delayed a decision for 30 days so more info on "need" (or lack thereof)
can be obtained based on other cancelled or delayed projects:
We are grateful that they are taking this proposed project that would have so
many negative impacts seriously
Jan 14 The
BPU commissioners are having a
Meeting on this tomorrow at 10AM at BPU in Newark, and we would encourage
those opposed to this project to attend
BPU Decision will be delayed - more information needed since other
proposals in PJM grid are being cancelled / delayed !!
Jan 7, 2010
All of the Legal Briefs and replies from all participants in the process are
Nov 24 Hearing have concluded. Briefs are due 12/28/09,
replies due 1/6/10, decision will be announced Jan 15 2010.
Nov 18 PSE&G announces another change in plan! - said they
spoke with Monopole firm, and towers may not be strong enough for the quad 500KV
lines and dual 230KV lines.
May decide to just use 3 500KV and 1 230KV lines. How can we have a
hearing on a proposal if the proposal is constantly changing???
Nov 16 First day of Formal Hearings, PSE&G announces change in plan
- says they will eliminate E Hanover switching station and instead drop line
directly into Roseland
Schedule for formal Evidentiary hearings at BPU in Newark is here:
Hearings will be at 2 Gateway Center, 8th floor in Newark - more info:
filed clarifying the Motion to Dismiss - explaining why the formal hearings
cannot proceed until Cost Apportionment issue is resolved
Montville BOE joins in
the Motion to Dismiss
Today a Motion To Dismiss
PSE&G's application among with
exhibits was filed with the BPU. Filed by the
Attorneys for Municipal Intervenors on behalf of
The Municipal Intervenors, Environmental Intervenors, and Stop The Lines.
Oct 28 PSE&G
net income down 26% - residential energy demand down 6% - Ind'l demand down 15%.
There is no need for more transmission!!!
Formal evidentiary hearings are currently scheduled to begin November 16 at BPU
headquarters in Newark
Sep 15 Report
from WHO on EMF and CT legislation that protects children in CT:
What about NJ Schools and residents?????????????????????
Sep 10 More
on WHO EMF issue here
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs322/en/index.html and also
at top of our website under "Health and other Info"
Fredon School Board votes
to close Fredon School October 1st due to concerns with current and proposed EMF
levels (UPDATE: Fredon School reached agreement w/PSE&G)
***You can electronically file your own public comments from this link:
There will be a neighborhood garage sale fundraiser on Saturday August 22 on
Running Hills Dr. & Highview Rd in Fredon. If you are interested in
donating any items
for the sale, please send an e-mail to
Please get together with neighbors and have a garage sale to help pay legal
costs for Stop The Lines. Our attorney is preparing for formal BPU hearings in
We urge you to print copies of flyer at top of page, and suggested BPU letter
above and distribute to as many people in NJ as possible!!!!
You can voice your concerns to the BPU about how bad of a proposal this is until
September 15. We need as much public comment as possible!!
Bring copies of flyers to parties, distribute via e-mail. We also
need donations to continue to fund our formal legal fight. In numbers, can
stop this !
Please read this if PSE&G is offering you money for access rights/easement
WNJN coverage of 1st public hearing at minute 14:
EXCELLENT Public Hearing last night! Info on public hearings June 18 &
June 30 is here:
please print out some copies and distribute!
Jun 1 -
If you receive an "offer" from PSE&G, please talk to a lawyer or get in touch
with us before signing anything. You may be signing your rights away.
We would be happy to have an attorney review it for you if you scan and e-mail
us a copy.
May 29- Great
rally tonight!! Congratulations to all who showed up to look out for their
community and their rights! Picture below.
May 22- Rally
planned at Newton Square on Fri. May 29, 5-7PM. Please attend - there will
be more information on how to participate at upcoming Public Hearings.
May 21- **
have been announced for June 11 & 18 at Sussex County College in Newton, and
June 30 at Frelinghuysen arboretum in Morristown. Be there!!**
the Highlands region for sale? Will $18.6 million of ratepayer money
somehow make the 195' high towers less visible?
May 19- PSE&G
changes plans - new plan proposes moving Jefferson Switching Station to
Hopatcong and paying $18.6 Million in mitigation acc. to
NJ Highlands Council
May 14- The BPU released an Amended
Procedural Board Order, extending the initial discovery period.
May 4 -
Governor's of 10 Eastern states encouraging Atlantic offshore wind projects
rather than long distance transmission from the west !
Apr 31 - Here is
Procedural Order from the BPU. All groups that requested intervenor
status have been granted Intervenor Status!!!!
PSE&G may also be required to put up $$$ for expert testimony, which we had
requested in our Motion to Intervene.
Apr 21 - We filed our
response to PSE&G's objection to our Intervention & Escrow request:
Stop The Lines response to PSE&G's objections
Apr 15 - PSE&G is
requesting denial of our request for Intervenor Status!!!
PSE&G request to deny interventionsPSE&G
request to deny escrow
Apr 1 -
We filed our Request for Escrow.
This is a request to the BPU to have PSE&G put funds into an escrow account that
would be used to pay for expert witnesses for intervening parties.
Mar 30 - Crews have been
clear-cutting near Mahlon-Dickerson Park and Pyramid Mountain. Review process
has not begun yet, and determination will not be made until December.
Mar 16 - Crew was out to
shred up everything in right-of-way next to Willows Rd in Fredon, an
environmentally sensitive area with class 1 stream -
Feb 26 - We filed our
Motion to Intervene - please donate to help to pay for legal work!!!
Feb 21 - Stop The Lines
will be filing Motion to Intervene soon. We will attend the BPU
pre-hearing on Feb 26, representing our membership.
Regarding the Highlands Council, we now understand that they will not be
voting on Thursday, instead PSE&G will be doing another presentation.
We urge the public to attend the Highlands Council meeting on Thursday at 4:00PM
at 100 North Rd. in Chester.
We need your donations to help fund promotion of this
grassroots effort and to help with legal support We are spending money to fight this
line on lawyer and experts - we really need your support!!! The trustees of Stop The
lines are not paid, and donate their own time and pay their own related
expenses We are an all volunteer
organization, so all money is used for legal costs, signs, fliers, etc. Donations can be made by check payable to: Stop The Lines
PO Box 398 Tranquility NJ 07879
Tax-deductible checks are also accepted, made out to "NJ
Highlands Coalition", and put "Stop The Lines" in the memo.
Mail to: NJ Highlands Coalition, ATT: Stop The Lines, 508 Main St. #3, Boonton NJ 07005
***Funds sent here go directly towards our legal costs - any questions please
similar to ours have stopped similar projects!TANC NYRI MAPP
Height of Proposed Line: Map of proposed line (route "B"):
RALLY on Newton Square May 29, 2009
Congressman Garrett - Blairstown July 4
Balloons up at 100' and 195'
Backyard - 2 Highview Rd. Fredon EXTREME EMF levels!
is a monstrous project, & would affect
people in townships along the route.
Lower property values along the chosen route means
a higher tax base for everyone in town
to make up for it
Proposed switching station in highly sensitive Highlands region - The environmental impact would be severe
Increased energy coming in would
result in more coal generation in PA and WV, leading to more acid rain,
more trouble for the VA mountaintops, and MORE PROFIT FOR PSE&G
The "upgrade" is allegedly needed to deal with "peak" energy demand, which
is only 50 hrs out of the year
There are many better ways to deal with peak demand
Neighborhoods would be dealing with noise from drilling, blasting,
construction vehicles for 30 MONTHS!
There goes the neighborhood - we have a right to peaceful enjoyment of our
195 foot high towers are something that does not exist anywhere in our
IF more capacity is deemed necessary, there are much better alternatives
(offshore wind, solar, demand side mgt)
We are strongly opposed to the height of the proposed towers
Alternative energies. Efficiency. Smart Grid
technology. Demand-side management. Solar / Wind. Local
None of the above have been considered in determining the need for this line. There
MUST be a better way to
improve the reliability of the grid, without having the enormous impact these towers
will have on the neighborhoods along PSE&G's chosen route.
Bringing in energy from PA and VA to Eastern NJ and points east is not a
This is a project of Greed, not a
project of Need.
This website was created by concerned citizens along the route
of the proposed PSE&G reliability project, and is intended as a
source for potentially affected NJ residents to find out more
information on the project via the links provided. There
is no intent of libel or defamation towards PSE&G, PJM, or any other entity
that is in favor of this proposed project. Any inaccurate
information that may be on this site is absolutely
unintentional, and should be brought to our attention by using the
e-mail link above.