Cross-sound high-voltage line back on track for completion by June 20

April 25, 2002 — The Connecticut legislature has failed to override Gov. John Rowland’s veto of a one-year moratorium on power and gas lines in the Long Island Sound, a cable developer said Thursday.

The failure is good news to Cross Sound Cable Co., which said its 330-MW electric transmission line spanning between Connecticut and Long Island is scheduled to be complete by June 20, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

Rowland issued the veto on April 19 because he said it was unfair to stop projects which had already been approved. He has also issued an executive order prohibiting new power projects in the state until a task force can look at the environmental impact of new energy infrastructure.

Critics of the Cross Sound Cable project say that the 24-mile underwater transmission line and fiber optic cable system will damage the ecology of the Long Island Sound, but Cross Sound has said it is using the jet plow and directional drill method, one of the least intrusive processes to lay cable, the company said.

The power line should arrive in the Sound between May 4 and 8.

For more information, visit Cross Sound Cable’s web site at:

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