Chamber helps organize anti-NYRI grassroots efforts

NORWICH – Ten grassroots power line opposition groups met over the weekend at the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce to align points of unity and form a steering committee.

More than 50 individuals from the following organizations attended: The Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition from Delaware County, Stop NYRI from Madison and Chenango counties, the Chenango County Farm Bureau, representatives of the California-based Sierra Club, Stop The Power Lines from Orange County, the National Park Service, and from the Upper Delaware Council. Several concerned citizens were also present.

According to Chamber President David Hall, the groups talked about the technical aspects of the project, New York Regional Interconnect’s key players, legal representation, media initiatives, fundraising and outreach efforts to legislators. A member of the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition was elected chairman of the steering committee.

“There were several points of unity that we were all clear on,” Hall said. He listed them as eminent domain; whether">NYRI’s Article VII application was complete or not; the fact that NYRI is a foreign-owned private company; that the proposed line is not a stand alone solution to the state’s energy problem; and that there’s no clear, documented need for the project.

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