Here's a link to the complaint. Very interesting reading. I think my favorite part was this:
"The EIS must be prepared so as to “serve practically as an important contribution to the decisionmaking process” and cannot be “used to rationalize or justify decisions already made.” 40 C.F.R. § 1502.5; see also id. §§ 1502.2(f), 1506.1. The inclusion of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line in the set of projects to be “fast-tracked” by the Rapid Response Team for Transmission placed undue pressure on rapid approval of the Project and influenced the Park Service to commit to a determination about the preferred alternatives before environmental review under NEPA had been properly concluded. Such prejudgment by the
agency is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not in accordance with NEPA and its implementing regulations."
The groups also complain about the mysterious $56 million dollar "mitigation" plan that was never presented to the public. There's some shady involvement by a greenwashing "conservation" group that involves buying additional property.
And guess what? Y-O-U are going to pay every last penny of that $56M "mitigation" fund, plus 12.9% interest yearly on the remaining balance for the next 50 years or so.
"Johnson said the rate of return is in fact 12.93 percent and said it is true PSE&G would earn a rate of return on the land purchase.
"The current rules say the cost of a project such as this will be shared by electric customers who will benefit," she said."
Perhaps it's time to start asking some questions about Susquehanna-Roseland's shifty financial schemes and collection of the amount they donated to the NPS from ratepayers, ya think?
Bravo to all the groups who are persevering in their fight to preserve national parks that belong to all of us while staring down political skulduggery, bribery, and two huge corporations' attempt to hurry up and get their project built before the truth gets out. The truth is that the power line isn't even needed!