Appeals panel hears power line arguments

A panel of judges from the state Appellate Division will now decide whether the state Board of Public Utilities must revisit its decision to allow Public Service Electric & Gas to go ahead with the Susquehanna-Roseland power line, which would run across southern Sussex County.

Attorneys for the BPU, the utility and a coalition of environmental groups appeared before three-judge panel Wednesday to argue whether the board was wrong in 2010 when it gave the approval.

Under state law, the judges can let the decision stand or tell the BPU to reconsider the case or hold a complete new set of hearings on the 500-kilovolt electric transmission line proposed to run a 145-mile route from Susquehanna, Pa., to Roseland in Essex County. The line, for the most part, follows existing power company rights-of-way.

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