NYRI: we’re not abandoning project

NORWICH – New York Regional Interconnect will continue to seek approval for its $2.1 billion power line, a company spokesperson said Tuesday, despite being turned away last month by the state Public Service Commission for a second time.

“NYRI will complete its filing and leave it up to the PSC to judge the project fairly on its merits – which is all that NYRI has ever asked for from the State,” wrote company spokesman David Kalson in an e-mail Tuesday.

The PSC ruled in January 2006 that NYRI’s power line permit application lacked required data in several different areas. A re-filing meant to correct those deficiencies was filed by NYRI in February.

In a six-page letter sent out in March, the PSC ruled that re-filing was also incomplete.

Last week Senator James Seward wrote a letter to NYRI President Chris Thompson demanding the company abandon its plans for a 190-mile-long high voltage transmission line.

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