Target: National Park Service
Goal: Retract approval of transmission line which would go through three Mid-Atlantic National Parks
The National Park Service has approved a major transmission line that would cut through three important National Parks in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Numerous conservation groups are challenging this decision, and have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Park Service for threatening the integrity of these public lands.
The transmission line would be constructed through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. All three are popular parks, dependent for their health and survival on the National Park Service’s mission to protect the Parks System and Park natural resources.
This decision, which the agency has admitted will significantly impact the parks, clearly violates this purpose. Public Service Electric and Gas Co. and Pennsylvania Power and Light Electric Utilities plan to construct the 500 kV electric transmission line 145 miles from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Construction of new 200-foot tall towers throughout the parks would also require clearing of forests and paving of access roads.
The environmental impact statement represents flawed judgement regarding impacts directly within parks, as well as impacts on the parks from the project outside the parks. The line will cross two rivers and require forest clearing and filling of wetlands which will degrade habitats downstream within the parks.
The approval potentially violates the National Park Service Organic Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as well as the National Environmental Policy Act. Please demand that the National Park Service reconsider the effects of a major transmission line through these invaluable parks, and withdraw approval for this project before construction can begin.
Dear National Park Service,
The approval of a transmission line through three National Parks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is threatening valuable natural scenic areas, wildlife and the legacy of America’s National Parks. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Delaware, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail would all be subject to new access roads, clearing, and 200 foot-tall towers throughout the parks supporting a 500 kV power line.
The Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line would bring power from largely dirty sources of energy, namely coal, to the Mid-Atlantic region. Public Service Electric and Gas Co. and Pennsylvania Power and Light Electric Utilities are behind this disastrous project, which has been approved by the National Park Service. Thanks to a lawsuit from several conservation groups, this decision is being seriously challenged.
Please prioritize comprehensive protection for the vitality and scenic beauty of America’s National Parks, and withdraw the approval of this major transmission line project.
[Your Name Here]
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