The ghost of NYRI
The court also ruled that DOE should have created an environmental impact study, which is required by the 1969 National Environmental Protection Act, which the DOE failed to do. The court, in effect, ordered the DOE to start the process all over again if it wishes to create any NIETC or national corridor.
The NYRI project, which stirred much local concern, was effectively killed in March 2009, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declined a request by NYRI to review the state rules regarding when and how the cost of the proposed power line could be passed on to rate payers.
But, if the project had still been in play, this ruling would have been another major setback, probably delaying construction of the line for years.