Little agreement on NYRI ground rules

CHENANGO COUNTY – Four stipulations pertaining to certain evidence required of New York Regional Interconnect in its expected power line case were scarcely accepted Wednesday, following over a month of meetings between pro, neutral, and">NYRI players to establish the ground rules.

So far, of the roughly dozen official parties that were involved – including the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation – only NYRI and the state Public Service Commission staff signed-off on all four documents. The required studies and their stipulations are in regards to routing alternatives, threats to endangered species, visual impacts, and the power line’s effect on the Millennium natural gas pipeline downstate.

A lawyer for Communities Against Regional Interconnect, who participated in the hearings, said he was “disappointed” with the final stipulations and didn’t sign.

“The agreement doesn’t adequately define what will be studied or how it will be studied,” said CARI attorney John Kluscik, a lawyer with the Syracuse-based law firm Gilberti, Stinziano, and Heintz. “I’m disappointed that the Public Service Commission would enter into an agreement that principally defines a process, rather than defining the inquiry and analysis that will have to be undertaken.”

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