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PSEG seeks to quash order stopping cable project

Workers replace poles with taller ones on Toilsome

Workers replace poles with taller ones on Toilsome Lane in East Hampton. Photo Credit: John Roca

PSEG Long Island will be back in court Monday to ask a state appellate court to grant an order allowing it to continue work at an Amagansett substation after a lower-court judge this week refused to grant it.

PSEG, on behalf of the Long Island Power Authority, on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the state of New York (Second Judicial Department), requesting that a temporary restraining order against the Town of East Hampton be granted. An acting State Supreme Court justice in Riverhead this week denied the request.

PSEG's appeal seeks to quash a stop-work order issued by East Hampton Town this month at the LIPA Amagansett substation, which is the endpoint of a controversial 6.2-mile transmission project. Residents along the route of the high-voltage cable worry about health, property value and aesthetic effects of the line, which snakes through residential neighborhoods atop poles up to 65 feet tall.

PSEG, in its earlier filing, said the cable is essential to prevent blackouts this summer that could affect up to 9,000 East Hampton residents. PSEG also argued that LIPA, a state authority, is exempt from local building codes and permits. PSEG has already agreed to bury the cable, on the condition that East Hampton residents pay the tab of around $25 million.

All of the 267 poles have already been erected along the project's route, and cable has already been strung on just under half the transmission line.

PSEG spokesman Jeff Weir said the appeal is expected to be heard in the Brooklyn appellate court early Monday.

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