Power Line Construction Set to Commence in Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area

    Power Line Construction Set to Commence in Delaware Water Gap National
                              Recreational Area

Access Roads Will Be First Step in Project

PR Newswire

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 16, 2013

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Public Service Electric & Gas
(PSE&G) and PPL Electric Utilities will start construction of the
Susquehanna-Roseland power line project in Delaware Water Gap National
Recreation Area on Sept. 3.

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The project will begin with access road construction. Later in the
construction process, crews will drill and pour new concrete foundations,
remove the existing 85-year-old power line, set the new poles and install the
new wires.

Construction in the four miles of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation
Area will take about six months to complete.

Because of construction activities, at various times there will be temporary
restrictions or closures of some roads and trails in the park. The utilities
are working closely with the National Park Service to minimize these
inconveniences, and to ensure the safety of all park visitors during

The companies have implemented a broad-based information plan to keep the
public and park visitors informed of construction activities, including any
temporary trail and road closings. This information will be available on the
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Website, www.nps.gov/dewa/; on the
PSE&G Susquehanna-Roseland project website, www.pseg.com/SR, and on the PPL
Electric Utilities Susquehanna-Roseland project website,

The Susquehanna-Roseland power line is being built to maintain the reliability
of the electric grid for millions of people in the Northeast. The independent
regional power grid operator, PJM Interconnection, ordered the new line to
prevent violations of national standards for the operation of the nation's
electric power grid.

The Susquehanna-Roseland power line will run from Berwick, Pa., to Roseland,
N.J. About 95 percent of this 145-mile route follows the path of an existing,
aging power line that must be replaced because it is approaching the end of
its useful life and is undersized for today's electricity demands. Following
an existing power line route reduces the project's overall impact on people
and the environment.

The route crosses the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle
Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian National
Scenic Trail on the path of the existing power line.

As part of its Environmental Impact Statement process, the National Park
Service required PSE&G and PPL to mitigate for impacts of the line. Mitigation
includes avoidance of impacts where possible, minimization of impacts to
greatest extent possible and compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts.

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and
largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the
ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a
subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG),
a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).

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SOURCE Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)

Website: http://www.pseg.com
Contact: Sharon Laudisi, 908-210-6457, or John Margaritis, 908-412-2231,
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