One of our friends in Barbour County has recently put up a new Web site called LouisBergerSucks.com. She has a lot of great information about the massive failures of the Louis Berger Group, which turns out to have been a major war profiteer in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Berger Group has done its part for the failure of these Cheney administration attempts to destroy our country’s national security.
Not only is Berger providing the bat guys, but they were responsible for designing the routes for TrAIL and PATH through WV, MD and East Virginia. The Berger Group is deeply involved in the profitable business of destroying West Virginians’ land for dubious construction projects. Dubious construction projects appear to be Berger’s specialty, whether in Appalachia or Afghanistan.
Here is a link to the Berger Group’s promotional brochure touting its work on transmission lines. The top three projects noted in the brochure?
Trans Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL)
In June 2006, PJM directed the construction of $1.3 billion in electric transmission upgrades to respond to looming transmission infrastructure reliability concerns. Included in these necessary upgrades are roughly 240 miles of 500 kV and 138 kV lines connecting substations within the Allegheny Energy and Dominion Virginia Power service territories. For this project, the Berger Team conducted route planning efforts, facilitated public meetings, and prepared route selection reports and associated expert witness testimony for three 138 kV lines and nearly 180 miles of 500 kV line in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Berger Team completed the entire study area analysis, route planning, public outreach effort, and report preparation under an aggressive schedule necessary to meet in-service dates driven by PJM’s projections for system reliability failures in 2011 and 2012.
Potomac-Appppalachian Transmission Highline (PATH)
The Berger Team is currently conducting efforts in support of the PATH Project, a joint venture transmission project between American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) and Allegheny Energy, Inc. (Allegheny). The PATH project consists of a 765 kV line that begins at AEP’s Amos Substation in Putnam County, West Virginia and eventually ends at a proposed Kemptown substation east of Frederick, Maryland. The Berger Team is currently conducting route selection efforts, supporting the public involvement process, and coordinating local, state, and federal agency consultations for this project in West Virginia and Virginia. We are presently conducting permitting for this project. The portion of this project being planned by the Berger Team is roughly 230 miles in length and covers a study area of nearly 10,000 square miles.
Susquehanna to Roseland 500 kV Line
The proposed Susquehanna to Roseland Transmission line entails the construction of approximately 145 miles of 500 kV transmission line extending from Berwick, Pennsylvania to Roseland, New Jersey. PSE&G and PPL both retained the Berger Team to conduct siting efforts, permitting, , and licensing support for this major transmission infrastructure improvement project. The Team’s siting study and review of potential impacts included, among other issues, an evaluation of current land use, cultural resources, wetlands, vegetation, wildlife, and aesthetics. In addition, Berger helped both utilities submit applications for certification to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Berger is currently leading the federal, state, and local permitting efforts on both states on behalf of PPL and PSE&G.
The Berger Group brochure is also notable for some really creepy pictures of high voltage and extra high voltage transmission lines.
So the bat guys are just the tip of the “Berger Team” iceberg. The Berger Group ranks right up with Cheney’s Halliburton for corruption and incompetence. Berger’s management knows how to latch onto the money gravy train, where ever it is. It is no wonder they popped up on these FERC subsidized transmission projects.
See for yourself on Berger’s Web site. Berger must have a great marketing department. They designed a logo for the company that resembles the crosshairs on a rifle scope aiming at the earth.