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The power line project required a land swap under forest preserve rules (Map provided by Adirondack Council)
The power line project required a land swap under forest preserve rules (Map provided by Adirondack Council)

Senate gives final nod to Tupper Lake power line project

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State lawmakers have given final approval to a land swap in the Adirondacks that allowed National Grid to bring a new power line to the village of Tupper Lake. Work on the new line, which stretches from Colton to Tupper Lake is already complete and has reduced the number of power outages the town experiences.

But the project required construction on roughly six acres of "forever wild" Park land. National Grid purchased 20 acres along the Raquette River that is being added to park land as a trade. The land swap was authorized by voters statewide in a ballot referendum in 2009 but the deal needed one final vote of approval from the state Senate.

The project had support from a wide range of groups, from local government leaders to environmental activists.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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