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Power Line Construction in the Delaware Water Gap

Walpack Valley, Sussex County, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is visited by more than 5.2 million people annually.

Photo courtesy of Nicholas A. Tonelli

Case Overview

Earthjustice represented national, regional and local conservation groups in challenging the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line, a 145-mile, 500 kV transmission line from Susquehanna, Pennsylvania to Roseland, New Jersey.

The massive power line slices through three popular national parks—the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail—impairing spectacular scenery, damaging rare geological and ecological resources, and marring the recreational experience for the more than 5.2 million people who visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area each year. The National Park Service’s approval of the transmission line contradicts the agency’s governing mandate to protect the National Park System “unimpaired for future generations” as required by the 1916 National Park Service Organic Act.

Case Updates

December 7, 2012 | In the News: New Jersey Hills: The Progress

Conservation groups challenge Susquehanna-Roseland line

A federal suit filed by several concerned conservation groups is seeking to overturn the approval by the National Park Service of a supersized transmission line project. If installed, the proposed Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line would cross and disrupt national park and recreation areas as well as enable power generation from old dirty coal-fired power plants.

October 26, 2012 | In the News: Madison.com

Environmentalists sue feds over NJ-Pa. power line

A coalition of local, regional and national environmental groups represented by Earthjustice filed suit against the National Park Service seeking to block the approval of a high-voltage power line which would run through parkland spanning Pennsylvania and New Jersey on either side of the Delaware River. The groups are concerned that the 190 foot tall power line towers will ruin views and keep coal-fired plants open by enabling them to sell power to East Coast customers.