Arcuri and others to question validity of NYRI and federal energy law today

CHENANGO COUNTY – Players with private and public interest in the nation’s energy policy are meeting this afternoon in Washington to examine the need for federal involvement in state energy issues – which locally could involve fast-tracking New York Regional Interconnect Inc.’s controversial 190-mile-long power line through upstate.

At the 2 p.m. hearing, Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-Utica), along with members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will be questioning officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, two state energy committees, private and state-owned utilities, and environmental and historic preservation organizations in regards to the validity of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, and its provisions that could push NYRI’s project through despite existing state governance.">NYRI is not listed as one of the witnesses.

“We must cover all the bases and take every necessary step to stop">NYRI’s advances,” Arcuri said Tuesday afternoon. “I welcome the opportunity that this hearing provides to make clear to Department of Energy officials just how strong local opposition is to the power line proposal in New York state.”

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