Senator Joe Kyrillos and Senator Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) have introduced a trio of Senate resolutions seeking to prevent the construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line through Monmouth County by JCP&L.
The “Monmouth County Reliability Project” would drive a 230-kV transmission line on 140-foot-tall monopole towers on a nearly 10-mile path from Aberdeen to Red Bank, cutting through Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and across the Navesink River with sight exposure to Fair Haven and Rumson.
“This project is no more welcome today than it was 25 or more years ago when JCP&L shelved it due to the blistering public opposition and other available options,” said Kyrillos. “Once again, we are calling on other federal and state regulatory agencies and officials to work with us to address the significant local concerns that have been raised by residents and to develop a reasonable alternative.”
— Senator Joe Kyrillos (@joekyrillos) September 15, 2016
The three resolutions urging opposition to the project are directed at:
- the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), New Jersey Transit, and Governor Chris Christie;
- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC); and
- Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and New Jersey’s delegation to the House of Representatives.
“Our steadfast opposition to this project is echoed by thousands of Monmouth County residents who have been clear, consistent and reasoned in expressing why this project might work in Akron, Ohio, but is unacceptable here. We will reach out directly to the various organizations and officials who will determine whether this project moves forward,” said Beck. “We support increasing the reliability of our electric grid, but believe there are viable alternatives that could achieve that.”