"A coalition of national, regional and local conservation groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania filed suit in federal court on Monday, Oct. 15, challenging the approval by the National Park Service (NPS) of a supersized transmission line that would cut through three popular national parks."
"In a July 2012 environmental impact study conducted for the NPS, the human use and ecological impacts from the project were estimated at $89 million.
As announced in the Park Service’s October 1 Record of Decision, the utilities have agreed to pay $56 million in return for damaging the parks. This compensatory mitigation and its underlying methodology and rationale were never previously disclosed or explained by the Park Service during the environmental review process.
"You cannot mitigate for the degradation of a national park or a portion of the Appalachian Trail,” said Marc Ross, executive director of Rock the Earth."