Public comments accepted on new Seneca Lake underwater power cables

Four electrical power distribution cables lie on the floor of super-deep Seneca Lake for 2.8 miles, connecting Sampson State Park in Romulus with the town of Torrey in Yates County.

New York State Electric & Gas Corporation owns the cables and has applied for two permits to replace the four cables with two new ones in almost the same location as the current cables.

NYSEG has applied for an excavation and fill in navigable waters permit and a Clean Waters Act water quality certification for the project. Before that can proceed, the pubic is given an opportunity to submit written comments to the DEC by July 25.

The Binghamton-based utility company says the existing cables need replacement for reason of life expectancy, the current condition of the cables and to safeguard the system’s reliability. The new cables would be installed south of the existing cables, allowing the four old cables to remain in operation during construction of the new cables.

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