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Judge Richard W. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the action filed by several environmental groups seeking to block construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland line through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) and PPL Electric Utilities called the judge's decision to dismiss the lawsuit challenging federal permits for the project "the right decision for millions of people throughout the Mid-Atlantic region who will have more reliable electric service because of this project."

"This ruling affirms the position of the companies and the National Park Service that these permits were issued properly and after thorough study," says Kim Hanemann, PSE&G delivery projects and construction vice president. "We will move forward with construction as planned."

The 145-mile Susquehanna-Roseland line is already under construction elsewhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to the companies, the project is needed to keep the regional electric grid reliable and prevent overloads of other existing power lines. The line is expected to be in service by June 2015.



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