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Uproar over Massive Power Line Plan

May 21, 2007

It's a power line proposal that involves 75 percent of the counties in New York and all of New Jersey, and it's drawing fire. At issue is a Department of Energy plan that uses eminent domain to take private property to create what are being called, "National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors." Congressman Maurice Hinchey says the plan tramples on personal property rights to benefit companies using old technology like coal-fired power plants.

“You have legislation here which violates states' rights and impedes upon the private personal property rights of individual citizens. It does so for corporate interests, and it's really something that needs to be stopped.”

For the Sierra Club's Bob Muldoon, it is hard to imagine why the DOE Electric Transmission Corridors need to be so big -- in some cases, covering entire states.

“This proposal is very sweeping. Three-quarters of the counties in New York State would be designated power line corridors including all five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. The federal government could override local rights and ignore our own energy plan.”

The DOE calls the corridors "a crucial step toward realizing President Bush's goal of a modern, more efficient electric power delivery system." Hinchey believes the plan promotes outdated and dirty technology, so he co-authored a measure in Congress (HR 809) to derail the plan. New Yorkers can comment on the proposal at a hearing Wednesday in Manhattan.

Congressman Hinchey has scheduled his own public meeting next month in Western Sullivan County because he says the Bush administration has left the public out of the decision making process.

“It's a very arrogant process that we're seeing here, and the consequences of it would be very severe if were to just sit back and let it happen.”

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY