November 7, 2008

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UDC opposes NYRI power line

HANCOCK – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. delivered testimony at a public hearing convened by the New York State Department of Public Service in Hancock to gather input on the application by New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. (NYRI) to construct a high voltage direct current transmission line on a 190-mile path between Marcy and Rock Tavern, NY.

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will determine by August of 2009 whether to grant NYRI a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for its proposed $2.1 billion power line.

The two Administrative Law Judges assigned to the case, Jeffrey Stockholm and Michelle Phillips, agreed to hold 13 public information forums between October 20 and November 6 in the seven New York State counties affected by the proposed route to personally hear statements and create a record for their review.

The UDC was represented at three of the hearings which took place on Oct. 29 at the Delaware Community Center in Callicoon and Sullivan West Central High School in Lake Huntington, and on Nov. 5 at Hancock Central School in Hancock.

“Page 134 of the River Management Plan states that new, major electric lines with a design capacity of 125 kilovolts or greater and extending a distance of ten miles or more in length are an ‘incompatible use’ anywhere in the river corridor”, testified UDC Executive Director Bill Douglass.

“The Upper Delaware Council strongly believes that this project not only violates the objectives of the River Management Plan and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, but it also jeopardizes our local economy through a potential loss of property values and tourism industry revenues. A line of overhead transmission towers would dramatically and permanently scar the natural, scenic quality that makes the Upper Delaware Valley so special to our residents and approximately 250,000 annual visitors.

\NYRI’s application may be viewed at local libraries in municipalities along the route or on-line at Archival webcasts of all 13 public statement hearings are available for viewing at

Comments are still being accepted for “Case 06-T-0650 – NYRI Transmission Line Proceeding” by writing to: Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350; calling the PSC 24-Hour Opinion Line at 800-335-2120; or submitting an on-line form through the websites at or,



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