Several environmentalists are hoping to stop Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) Company's Susquehanna-Roseland power line project through a new lawsuit filed in federal court.
The suit claims that PSE&G's project will damage the scenery and ecology of the three national parks the line, which will go from Berverwick, Pa., to Roseland, will be in, according to Neighbor News. The suit's intent is to stop construction on the line until a court ruling can be made on whether the National Park Service's approval of the project is in compliance with federal law.
The 500-volt line project, which began with a pre-construction phase in September, impacts several local communities. The transmission line will go through 45 miles of the state in total.
According to PSE&G, the intention of the project is to improve "reliable electric service."
In addition to the federal lawsuit, the project has been met with opposition locally. In Montville, one resident started a petition asking PSE&G to bury the power lines instead of installing them on high towers and in Jefferson, residents have expressed concern that the line could lower their property values.