Frelinghuysen and Garrett Call for More Public Forums on PSE&G Proposed Power Line Routes
On Friday, July 25, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-5) called on the Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) Company to schedule additional forums to hear from those affected by the proposed power line routes through northern New Jersey.
Reps. Frelinghuysen and Garrett sent a letter to PSE&G CEO Ralph LaRossa asking the company to hold these forums with New Jersey residents before selecting one of three routes, not after the final determination on one has been made.
"We all recognize that the energy requirements of our growing economy will place increasing demands on existing transmission facilities. In this regard, modernization is an important goal," said Frelinghuysen. "We must make certain that our state, county and local communities are full engaged in the process to determine where transmission lines are located. Local leaders and property-owners have the clearest view of how these lines will affect their communities. Municipal, county, and state officials want and need to be full partners in the process that leads to the siting of new transmission lines."
"I am glad that PSE&G has scheduled public workshops to discuss the concerns of local residents who will be affected by the transmission line upgrade," said Garrett. "Members of my staff attended past meetings and the high-turnout clearly demonstrated the public's interest in the energy modernization process. I will continue monitoring the situation to ensure that community shareholders have ample opportunity to voice their views and learn about the effects of the various routes."