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Ruling may take a bite out of NYRI

Opponents of New York Regional Interconnect's scheme to force a 400,000-volt power line through our area had to be cheered last week when a federal court essentially ruled that the issue should be decided on a state rather than a federal level. The Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, Va., struck down rules that would have allowed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the power line.

As far as we are concerned, NYRI has at least three things in common with a vampire.

1) They are vile bloodsuckers.

2) They can take on many forms of disguise.

3) The best way to destroy them is by exposure to direct sunlight.

Opponents of New York Regional Interconnect's scheme to force a 400,000-volt power line through our area had to be cheered last week when a federal court essentially ruled that the issue should be decided on a state rather than a federal level.

The Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, Va., struck down rules that would have allowed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the power line.

Virtually every important local and state politician has come out against NYRI's application to New York's Public Service Commission to build a $2 billion, 190-mile-long transmission line from Marcy in Oneida County to New Windsor in Orange County.

But that hasn't stopped NYRI, which has studied various routes, including one following the existing Marcy South line in Otsego and Delaware counties.

Denying now what it had predicted earlier about the cost of electricity for upstate users going up if the line were built, NYRI has sought to pull an end run... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

As far as we are concerned, NYRI has at least three things in common with a vampire.

1) They are vile bloodsuckers.

2) They can take on many forms of disguise.

3) The best way to destroy them is by exposure to direct sunlight.

Opponents of New York Regional Interconnect's scheme to force a 400,000-volt power line through our area had to be cheered last week when a federal court essentially ruled that the issue should be decided on a state rather than a federal level.

The Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, Va., struck down rules that would have allowed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the power line.

Virtually every important local and state politician has come out against NYRI's application to New York's Public Service Commission to build a $2 billion, 190-mile-long transmission line from Marcy in Oneida County to New Windsor in Orange County.

But that hasn't stopped NYRI, which has studied various routes, including one following the existing Marcy South line in Otsego and Delaware counties.

Denying now what it had predicted earlier about the cost of electricity for upstate users going up if the line were built, NYRI has sought to pull an end run around state authorities by seeking approval by a federal agency.

Last week's ruling would seem to have badly damaged the prospects of NYRI's nefarious plans.

State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, spoke to a group of about 20 county residents last week in Laurens, and he could not have been more correct.

"The proposed NYRI line, wherever it would be built, is a bad deal for upstate New York," Seward said. "The list of reasons to oppose this line is a long list."

The list includes not only the feared raise in electric costs for locals, but also damage to the upstate landscape and possible health and safety risks.

As we have stated in the past, there are far better ways to meet New York City's power requirement, if indeed it needs any increase at all.

The court ruling is a wonderful development to keep NYRI from circumventing the will of the people for its own greedy purposes.

A PSC decision on the power line is expected by August.

Like a vampire, NYRI could rise up from the dead to do awful things. This is not the time for opponents to ease up on their efforts.

Write or call your elected officials. Attend informational public meetings. Support Communities Against Regional Interconnect, an umbrella group of NYRI opponents.

We won't feel at ease until the sunlight shined upon them causes NYRI's plans to turn to dust.


Source: http://www.thedailystar.com...

FEB 25 2009
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