Be sure to check out the whining of PATH's attorney on comment #622. I do believe they're a bit scared of the huge amount of support for expanding the scope of the EIS to cover the entire PATH project. Lovely pity party talking about the "limited nature of federal control", when these very same companies play the FERC card repeatedly with the three states' public service commissions ('if you don't allow us to do "x", we're going to FERC for backstop siting authority"). Same crap they pull with their costs on the state level -- "those are beyond the state's control and are handled through FERC". The federal government is a tool they use over and over, either rejecting it or clasping it to bosom, to suit their purposes on any given day. Nothing like a little hypocrisy, is there?
They also think that the PATH EIS should be modeled after the Jackson's Ferry/Wyoming transmission line that was put online in 2006. I think the NPS & NFS would do better modeling it after the EIS for the Susquehanna-Roseland line, which is still in process. The power companies in that case have made a real mess out of it, tried to segment approvals and construction, and then sued the NPS when it didn't go their way. NPS may have learned a thing or two about power company greed just lately.
It looks like PATH also activated their astroturf front groups in all three states to send in some uninformed, ridiculous comments in support of PATH. Blah, blah, reliability, blah, blah, blackouts, blah, blah, economy. What does the NPS & NFS care about any of that? Hey, hey, let's trash our national resources so a brainless wench in Fairfax, VA can continue to play on her laptop! And let's not forget Corky Demarco, he needs plenty of electricity to iron those shirts that creep up and attempt to eat his empty head. Astroturf -- just another one of PATH's HUGE mistakes that are going to end up costing them dearly.
The next step is public comment meetings on the range of alternatives to be considered, which will be held in first quarter 2011. Let's keep up the good work!