Sierra Club disappointed in transmission line ruling

TRENTON – Environmentalists ripped today’s court ruling that rejected their bid to combat a transmission line project.

“Today the state Appellate Court moved New Jersey in the wrong direction on clean energy and grid reliability,” said Jeff Tittel of the N.J. Sierra Club, one of the plaintiffs in the case fighting the Board of Public Utilities’ approval of PSE&G’s project.

“The Board approved the project in April 2010,” Tittel said in a release. “We were hoping for the court to realize that things have changed since the project was first proposed and there is even more evidence that this line is not necessary.  However the Court decision is based on the evidence presented at the time.”

“New Jersey has four new gas fired power plants coming online and the project should be re-examined in light of this new capacity,” he said, adding that they also were disappointed the court did not remand the matter back to BPU for further examination.

Tittel said they will examine possible further state appeals and action at the federal level.

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Court rejects environmentalists’ challenge of PSE&G transmission line project Sierra Club disappointed in transmission line ruling