Opponents of the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express project once again packed the meeting room Tuesday night as the project developer came to Stony Point to give updates.
A group of Stony Point residents has expressed opposition to the 1,000-megawatt transmission project because, although most of the transmission line from the Canadian border to its final destination, Astoria, Queens, would be buried under the Hudson River, the cables would emerge in Stony Point to run underground along the CSX railroad right of way before re-entering the Hudson River.
Stony Point town Supervisor Geoffrey Finn said Wednesday that he didn’t want the project to be realized at all if possible. But if it were to happen, he wanted the power line to be buried all the way.
Finn said that in answering his question, the developer told the audience that the shallowest depth for the cables to be buried would be about three to four feet both in the riverbed and in the ground.
“I said, ‘If you’re worried about the fish when you bury three or four feet under the Hudson River, under the mud, how is it not going to affect people living next to the railroad truck?’ And they really didn’t have an answer for us,” Finn said. “Why (the cables) came out from the river is still a mystery to me.”
The developer has said the proposed route for the transmission line has changed after environmentalists, who were alerted by possible negative impacts to the Hudson River Estuary, intervened to reshape the project early in the process. The developer promised to establish a $117 million environmental trust fund to benefit the river’s ecosystem.