Transmission Line OK'd for DE Water Gap

Published Sep 20, 2013

Delaware Water Gap

More power lines are coming to the Delaware Water Gap. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Our friends at the Appalachian Mountain Club have passed along some bad news:

We are disappointed to report that our legal challenge to the National Park Service (NPS) permit for construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line through the Delaware Water Gap (DWG) Recreation Area was unsuccessful.

Giant 200-foot transmission-line towers are now being built across the Delaware Water Gap near Walpack Bend.

These monstrous contraptions will impact the scenic and tranquil qualities of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Delaware River, along with several camping, hiking, fishing and picnic spots nearby.

As a requirement of the permit, utilities must establish a $66-million mitigation fund.

The goal of the Appalachian Mountain Club is to ensure that the National Park Service identifies and advances mitigation projects that will provide the greatest possible benefit to the public and balance the unavoidable impacts the transmission line will have on significant recreational resources.

We commend the Appalachian Mountain Club for their prudent advocacy.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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