Cable Pact Gets Power Flowing...at last?
June 26, 2004
By STEVE GRANT, Courant Staff Writer
The Cross-Sound Cable electric transmission line went into service Friday
after a key concession from Connecticut negotiators, who dropped their
insistence that a 750-foot-long section of the cable had to be laid more
deeply before the line could be activated.

The line, 2 years old but used only temporarily and on an emergency basis
until Friday, was energized at 12:25 p.m., according to New York Gov.
George Pataki.

The action came after utility and regulatory officials in the two states,
pressured to do something by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
worked out a deal late Thursday to resolve differences.

The concession from Connecticut negotiators apparently ends three years
of controversy and legal battles that led to political tensions between
Connecticut and New York officials.

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Cross-Sound Cable power nixed;  Judge says state moratorium constitutional
By KEN DIXON (CT POST April 15, 2003)

HARTFORD - A state Superior Court judge rejected a request by the Cross-Sound Cable Co. to turn on the juice along its long-stalled high-voltage power line to Long Island.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Sen. George L. Gunther, R-Stratford, hailed the decision Monday as appropriate, because the company failed to bury the 330-megawatt cable to the required depth under New Haven Harbor.

The head of Long Island Sound programming for the state Department of Environmental Protection said he had not seen a copy of the court decision, but it appeared to support state regulations.  The company responded Monday that it is "disappointed" and reviewing its options.

Judge Lynda B. Munro ruled that Cross-Sound Cable, a subsidiary of TransEnergie US, failed to prove that a statewide moratorium on new transmission lines was unconstitutional.  Munro, in the decision released through Blumenthal's office, said that the burden on interstate commerce from the continued inactivity of the power line
does not outweigh the environmental benefits.

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                     Friday, March 15, 2002 - 12:00:00 AM MST

                    Cross-Sound cable OK'd
                     By KEN DIXON

                     HARTFORD -- Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Arthur J.
                     Rocque Jr. gave the green light Thursday for a controversial electric cable project to
                     cross Long Island Sound from New Haven to Brookhaven, N.Y.

                     He said the 330-megawatt line would have "little environmental impact" and would be
                     "small potatoes" to the ecosystem of New Haven Harbor.

                     Environmental activists, including Sen. George L. Gunther, R-Stratford, immediately
                     criticized the announcement, charging that Rocque was potentially sacrificing
                     Connecticut's environment for New York's flow of electricity.

                     Gunther said he hopes to persuade Gov. John G. Rowland to short-circuit the
                     proposal.

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