Another Week Added to Transmission Line EIS Comment Period at Delaware Water Gap NRA

Another week has been added to collect public comment on a study into a proposal to substantially upgrade a transmission power corridor that crosses the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

The comment period on the Susquehanna to Roseland Transmission Line Environmental Impact Statement was set to close on Tuesday. But Delaware Water Gap NRA Superintendent John J. Donahue and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River Superintendent Pamela Underhill decided to give you another week to comment on the EIS.

Under the proposal, a transmission corridor that runs through the three units of the National Park System would be upgraded to carry more energy. But opponents have said that a transmission-line corridor sprouting 200-foot-tall towers should not be permitted within the National Park System.

Park Service officials say extension of the comment period will not affect the overall schedule of the environmental review.

The EIS analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives; evaluate potential issues and impacts to the resources and values of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River park units, and identify mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.

You can comment in a number of ways. You can do it on-line by going to this site, where you'll also find details about the proposal. Or you can mail your comments to:

National Park Service
Attention: DEWA PPL EIS Planning Team
Denver Service Center-Planning Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287