DOE will move forward with corridor designations

WASHINGTON – Chenango County will be one step closer to disaster if New York Regional Interconnect’s power line route becomes part of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor, Woods Corners resident Betsy Mahannah says.

“This is going to be one more blow to the area,” Mahannah said, citing the economic downturn that’s hit much of upstate New York. “They (U.S. Department of Energy) need to consider the people whose lifestyle they’re going to change... the impact is going to be on all of us.”

Over 70 percent of New York state, including all of">NYRI’s proposed route, and seven other states on the East Coast, have been temporarily classified by the U.S. Department of Energy as a “Mid-Atlantic” NIETC. If the designation – which gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the authority to take-over power line reviews in that area, despite state authority – stands as is, many fear Washington would push NYRI’s project, and others like it, through in an effort to fast-track energy investment and relieve energy constraints.

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