U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has launched an online petition to give state residents an outlet to express their opposition to the National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor (NIETC). Casey launched the petition in reaction to the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to deny a rehearing of its decision to designate three-quarters of Pennsylvania's counties as part of the NIETC.
‘The DOE refuses to hold any more hearings on the issue and refuses to consider our public comments,’ says Casey. ‘If the Department of Energy will not come to Pennsylvanians, then I will bring Pennsylvanians to the DOE, so their voices will be heard.’
Because of the NIETC, communities and farms across Pennsylvania may be subject to broad new federal authority over transmission line projects that do not serve customers in Pennsylvania, according to Casey.