Aberdeen to Red Bank High Power Line Project

Distance Estimator Tool and 3D “After the Lines” Simulation Flyover Video Debut to Show Community Impact

Future Meetings:  Freeholder’s June 23; Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, June 28

Middletown, NJ (June 23, 2016) – RAGE -  Residents Against Giant Electric – (www.stopjcpl.org) @RAGE_2016, hosted its first public information session about the proposed JCP&L Monmouth Reliability Project to more than 340 concerned Aberdeen, Matawan, Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown & Red Bank residents and elected officials at the Middletown Public Library on June 22, 2016. The standing room only crowd heard about the proposed 230,000 volt lines that JCP&L will submit for BPU approval in July.  The plans place 145 to 210 ft. monopoles along NJ Transit’s Coast Line tracks for 9.7 miles from Aberdeen to Red Bank.

The group debuted two web-based tools to understand the impact of the projects: a fly over video showing the lines as they’d appear on the route proposed:  http://bit.ly/28QwfjN, and a distance estimator tool that estimates distance from an address to the train tracks where the lines will be located http://bit.ly/28Z1rtK.  While the video portrays the lines as straight from pole to pole 500 ft. apart, JCP&L information sessions suggested cables have a sway of 40 feet or more from the ground.

 “Last night’s meeting informed the public, educated them about the project and asked them to join our core group of 18 and thousands of Facebook supporters to take action,” notes RAGE Committee member and Facebook group founder Sal Aquino.  Presenter Rachael Iannucci Kanapka, whose mother fought the same proposed project in 1989/1990, said, “Essentially We are fighting the same proposal my mother did for a redundant third line that not only costs more but does nothing to address equipment failures, falling trees or storms that cause most power outages.”

Middletown Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger and Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre joined Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-NJ, District 13), who briefly addressed the crowd, noting the importance of a committed effort to work together and with officials at all levels to engage their support to oppose the project.  Assemblywoman Handlin has asked JCP&L officials to attend her public information session on Tuesday, June 28th to be held at Hazlet Township’s Cullen Center, 1766 Union Avenue, Hazlet, NJ at 7:00 p.m. and address the public’s concerns.

RAGE Committee members also provided take action stations for attendees to be educated about the complex issues; pick up flyers, magnets and lawn signs; draft letters addressed to Governor Christie, legislators and the Board of Public Utilities; sign the petition and sign up for feet on the street activations.

To learn more about the project, sign a petition and attend meetings, please visit:  www.stopjcpl.org, comment on our Facebook Public Group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/RAGE2016/, sign a petition:  http://chn.ge/22PWIyA, help us fund the cause, GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/rage2016.  RAGE will post updates on the website and Facebook RAGE cause page:  https://www.facebook.com/NJRAGE16/?fref=ts, and tweet @RAGE_2016.