Edward Lloyd, director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Columbia University School of Law, said that law students presented a brief to the Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington DC.
The brief was prepared at the request of the UDPC
, a river valley activist group, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network
, a nonprofit organization that protects the Delaware River and its tributary watersheds.
The brief specifically relates to the congestion study completed by the DOE
this summer.The study found, not surprisingly, that the two areas nationwide with the greatest need for new electricity supplies are an area in the Northeast, stretching from northern Virginia to Vermont, and an area on the West Coast surrounding Los Angeles. Lloyd
said one of the main points of the clinic's brief is that there was insufficient information in the congestion study to allow meaningful public comment.The study included a map with three large arrows suggesting that additional electricity for New York City and it surrounding suburbs could come from the north through upstate New York, from the east through Pennsylvania or from the south through Virginia and Maryland.Lloyd
said more detail is needed. He
added that the clinic is also working with architectural students to examine the impacts of the proposed power lines towers on the environmentally sensitive Upper Delaware River Valley.