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Hunting Shot Down Early for Power Line Project

County asks hunters to cease deer hunting at Pyramid Mountain as work on PSE&G Susquehanna-Roseland line is expected to pick up in next few weeks.

Registered hunters are being asked to put down their guns and bows at Pyramid Mountain even though deer-hunting season is not yet over as work is expected to pick up on the Public Service Energy and Gas (PSEG) Susquehanna-Roseland power line project.

Kelli Kovacevic, superintendent of natural resources management for the Morris County Park Commission, reached out to Montville Township officials to say hunters who have purchased permits to shoot at Pyramid Mountain have already been notified of the cancellation of this season's hunt in the park.

The early cancellation (the hunt typically lasts throughout January) is a result of the under-construction PSE&G power line. The 500-volt line project, which began with a pre-construction phase in September, impacts several local communities, with lines expected to run through parts of Montville, Kinnelon, Hopatcong and Jefferson, among other municipalities. The transmission line will go through 45 miles of the state in total, stretching from Berwick, PA, to Roseland.

"Work on the PSE&G right-of-way improvement project is expected to increase in the coming weeks and will continue through the end of February. Work operations will take place daily during this time and and work crews," Kovacevic said in a letter to hunters.

Kovacevic explained that the hunt was being cancelled primarily for safety reasons.

"Due to anticipated levels of disturbance and noise in the area, as well as safety concerns, the Morris County Park Commission has decided to cancel the remainder of the bow and shotgun hunt in this park," she said.

The cancellation was effective beginning on Friday, however, Montville leaders could choose to permit hunting at Pyramid Mountain for the remainder of the season under township regulations.

In addition to a letter sent to registered hunters warning them that the season was ending early at Pyramid Mountain, all hunting signs will be removed at the park, which borders Kinnelon, according to Kovacevic. Hunters who have only received permits to hunt at Pyramid Mountain will be refunded their $10 permit fee.

John January 09, 2013 at 07:12 PM
It still amaze me that this project is still on schedule . All the agencys that have ignored that the facts that there is no need for this capacity and further ruining the quality of life of everyone in its path . How does this make it to this point without real science
Kinnelon Asleep on Safety January 09, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Hey Kinnelon council, why dont you guys do something about the speeding dump trucks on Miller from this PSE&G project. Big dump trucks with drivers on cell phones speeding past my children waiting for a bus. At least the county considers someones safety. Lets wait until some one is killed or seriously hurt on Miller before you do something.
Cynthia January 10, 2013 at 03:23 AM
John, it doesn't hurt the project to have the president himself call for this project to be "fast tracked" all the way from Washington, DC. One can only wonder which lobby or lobbyist got to him and told him this was so necessary. Just why did he prod it along?? Really? The president??? Isn't he supposed to support green energy? The whole thing makes little sense. Us little people will most likely never find out. The opposition to the project seemed organized and strong enough. But when you hit something that only needs a thumb with a sledgehammer (the president sounding off) there's no telling what effect it will have. In this case, the Parks people pretty much seemed to go through the motions but ultimately knew they were going to roll over, too.
Highlander January 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Another sacrifice for the "whole" of the state. If you live in the Highlands, you should be used to paying high taxes and having your land "raped" for the "good" of NJ. ie. water, fracking, and huge electrical towers. We pay high taxes because of the hold on building and increasing our ratables but still have to pay for Abbot district schools. Meanwhile, when you take a "day trip" to the Jersey shore, you're still paying to get on the beach. Where's our tax breaks?
Truscha Quatrone January 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Having attended most of the meeting to "Stop the Lines" and joining the group to help stop these power line, I was always disappointed by how few people showed to protest and voice their objections. There is now a law suit brought by this small coalition of people to stop these lines. If your really upset by this please get involved.

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