NORWICH – A spokesman from the public relations firm representing New York Regional Interconnect Inc. said Thursday that the power line developer will likely re-submit its long-awaited permit application with the state sometime in the next month.
NYRI’s first permit filing, known as the Article VII, was denied by the state’s Public Service Commission in July 2006 because it lacked required impact studies and information in 10 areas. NYRI was ordered to produce the required information before its application would be reviewed. In the over year-and-a-half that’s passed since, NYRI has promised and skipped two previous dates for the re-filing.
“Probably in the first half of February, the whole supplemental filing, completing the Article VII, will be made that will include alternative routes that NYRI studied,” company spokesman David Kalson, of RF Binder Partners in New York City, confirmed in an e-mail. “The PSC of course has to decide on the route.”
If the application is deemed complete, a series of evidentiary hearings would then be scheduled.
If the PSC does not make a decision on NYRI within a year, the federal government can take over the review and grant a permit since most of the state and NYRI’s route are within a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor.
As part of its supplemental filing, in March NYRI agreed to develop alternative routes for the PSC.
In a Jan. 7 article in Electric Power Daily, an on-line newsletter on Platts.com, a global energy informational website, NYRI attorney Leonard Singer said the company “will also propose ‘selective undergrounding’ of the line” in certain areas.
In the same article, Singer also said NYRI is “100 percent confident” that a state law blocking NYRI’s use of eminent domain would not prevent the PSC from granting the company eminent domain authority.
“We’re 100 percent confident that (the court ruling) does not take away PSC authority,” said Singer...