Still no date for power line review

CHENANGO COUNTY – Over a year after starting the process, a date for resuming the state’s review of the $1.6 billion high voltage power line threatening the hills of Chenango County still hasn’t been set, but it could begin “in a matter of weeks,” a power line company spokesman said.

In the meantime, local opposition to the line is continuing to raise funds and develop legal strategies, representatives said Thursday.

New York Regional Interconnect Inc., a Canadian-backed firm, first announced its plans to build a 190-mile-long direct current power line through seven upstate counties, including 44 miles of Chenango, in March 2006.

However, that July, the company’s certification application, known as the Article VII – a series of studies, photos, plans and documents that take up several large binders – was deemed incomplete in a number of areas – including providing proof that the project would benefit the state’s electricity consumers – by the New York’s top energy authority, the Public Service Commission.

“The application states that the proposed project meets the recommendations for reliability benefits,” a July 2006 letter from the PSC states. “But does not describe what the reliability benefits are.”

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