JCPL 2015 Maps and Plans for MCRP Detail Each Monopole Location on 10-Mile Route
Second Public Hearing on March 29, 2017, from 5:30 to 11:00 pm at Brookdale Community College, Collins Arena
Middletown, NJ –
- What exactly is the scope of the JCP&L Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP)?
- Where are the poles going to be located along the line?
- What are the safety and engineering challenges involved?
Residents who attended the June 2016 JCP&L MCRP Open Houses requested details about specific details for the MCRP project and were told that JCP&L and its consultants and engineers in attendance had only preliminary information on pole locations. Documents acquired via the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to state agency NJ TRANSIT show that JCP&L had developed detailed plans regarding pole locations, and had identified “problem” structures along the route as early as 2014.
"JCP&L knew all along where they planned to put these poles. They had to do in-depth planning to try to convince NJ TRANSIT to say yes because they knew NJ TRANSIT would never say yes without knowing exactly where each pole would be located. They purposely didn't share it with the public at the open houses, even though they had the plans well-developed up to two years prior to announcing this project to the public,” notes Judy Musa, a RAGE Core Member. “NJ TRANSIT still has not communicated their decision about allowing this project to happen on their land, though former NJTRANSIT Vice Chairman Bruce Meisel stated at his last NJ Transit Public Board Meeting on December 14, 2016, ‘This is the most unworthy project that I have seen in my entire history of practicing law.’’
Public Hearing: March 29, 2017
This case is now in front of a judge in the NJ Office of Administrative Law (OAL). Residents have one more chance to share their opinion with Judge Gail Cookson as she contemplates this project's fate: Wednesday, March 29th, at Brookdale Community College Collins Arena, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Parking in lots 6, 7 and 5.
What Do We Know?
JCP&L files reveal:
- 2015 aerial map with exact monopole locations http://bit.ly/RAGE-poles
Additional JCP&L files map:
- Properties within 200 feet of the Right of Way (ROW), marked with a "number”
- Markings on residential properties where known issues exist (sheds, pools) and indicators of potential access roads
Safety a Concern for NJ TRANSIT Staff and Commuter
The files further document NJ Transit staff’s ongoing concerns and questions regarding rail service disruptions, construction and maintenance safety concerns, and interference with train communications and signaling equipment. RAGE raised each of these concerns at NJ Transit public hearings, the January 25th public hearing and ongoing communications with press, legislators and the public.
Who Will Pay?
As is consistent with transmission projects across the U.S., the cost and burden of payment for the project likely will be passed to ratepayers, who may or may not benefit from the project. Furthermore, current Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rulings favor transmission projects over greener alternatives and provide a federal subsidy that can amount to ten percent or more of the cost of the project. JCP&L has petitioned for a rate increase to pay for this project, with virtually all funds to pay for transmission line construction with a very small percentage of funds for substation and distribution line improvements that cause 99% of the power outages.
Get Involved: RAGE – Residents Against Giant Electric
RAGE (@RAGE_2016, stopjcpl.org) is 501(4) c non-profit, all-volunteer grassroots organization, representing the residents and funding legal services and experts to testify at the April evidentiary hearings. Further information about the project is available here:
- Facebook RAGE page: https://www.facebook.com/NJRAGE16/?fref=ts,
- Tweet @RAGE_2016.
- Watch a fly over video showing the lines along the route proposed: http://bit.ly/28QwfjN
- Use our Google GPS distance estimator tool to see how close homes will be from the tracks: http://bit.ly/28Z1rtK.
- Resolutions and community group letters of support:http://bit.ly/2l1Cc1X
RAGE Legal Fund donations may also be mailed to: RAGE-Residents Against Giant Electric, 1385 Highway 35, Ste. 128, Middletown, NJ 07748.