line, 2 years old but used only temporarily and on an emergency
until Friday, was energized at 12:25 p.m., according to New York Gov.
action came after utility and regulatory officials in the two
pressured to do something by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
worked out a deal late Thursday to resolve differences.
concession from Connecticut negotiators apparently ends three
of controversy and legal battles that led to political tensions between
Connecticut and New York officials.
Cross-Sound Cable power nixed; Judge says state moratorium constitutional
By KEN DIXON (CT POST April 15, 2003)
- 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.
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.
Cross-Sound cable OK'd
By KEN DIXON
-- 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.
said the 330-megawatt line would have "little environmental
impact" and would be
"small potatoes" to the ecosystem of New Haven Harbor.
activists, including Sen. George L. Gunther, R-Stratford,
criticized the announcement, charging that Rocque was potentially sacrificing
Connecticut's environment for New York's flow of electricity.
said he hopes to persuade Gov. John G. Rowland to short-circuit