The National Park Service dropped their no build recommendation today, and bowed down to the Obama Administration’s “mitigation” deal with PSEG. The NPS is now recommending that the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line should go right through the middle of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Here’s a link to a news story on the situation. The story includes a good assessment by Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club:
Under a mitigation plan proposed by the utilities, they agreed to spend $30 million to $40 million to purchase or preserve thousands of acres that would add to federal land holdings and protect vistas.
But Tittel said the plan was submitted on the last day of the public comment period and was not subject to public comment. He added the destruction of a national park cannot be mitigated.
“This is all about the power of money,” he said.
The park service is expected to release a final environmental impact statement on the Susquehanna-Roseland project in August, followed by another public comment period. The final “decision of record” is to be released on Oct. 1.
The “mitigation” deal was cut by Sec. of Interior Salazar in Washington, and the power companies dropped it into the process at the very end of the public comment period, so that no one at NPS could analyze it. The whole stinking mess had “done deal” written all over it. And it came directly from the Obama White House.