“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

Help Us Stop PSEG

Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy, Inc. (LIBFRE), was formed in March 2014 with the immediate goals of halting the 6.2 mile high tension transmission line from East Hampton to Amagansett, pulling the toxic poles, and burying the lines along a major corridor away from residential areas. LIBFRE was formed with an eye on the future focused on a safe and responsible energy infrastructure for Long Island.

Residents, through a group called Long Island Businesses for Responsible Energy, Inc. (LIBFRE) have hired attorney Irving Like of Babylon and Professor Leon Friedman of Hofstra Law School, to file a lawsuit that will seek a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction stopping the work, according to Like.

He said the suit, to be filed in coming weeks, will argue that the high-voltage overhead line will reduce residents’ property values, impact residents’ health and diminish the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

“The only way to do it is to get before a court,” said Like, who had helped defeat the opening of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant by LIPA’s predecessor, the Long Island Lighting Co.

Petition
Governor Cuomo: Bury Overhead Transmission Lines! Ban Pentachlorophenol!
http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-andrew-cuomo-ban-overhead-utility-poles-ban-penta

Thank you for your support.

All funds to help our legal campaign against PSEG and to help pay for the experts, who tested the soil and enabled us to find out about the toxicity levels leaching from the poles, may be sent to:

Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy, Inc. (LIBFRE)
26 Gingerbread Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

Email us at: info@libfre.com

 

Go Fund Me

Legal battles cost money. We are David fighting Goliath (PSEG/LIPA). We need funding to continue finding and paying for expert witnesses to testify on the health and safety issues surrounding the high voltage overhead transmission lines being installed in East Hampton, and all over Long Island. Our expert hydrogeologist, Peter Dermody, who tested the soil beneath and around the poles, first made us aware of how toxic the pentachlorophenol leaching from the utility poles is. We have many other issues we are working on. Although this issue first appeared in East Hampton and the North Shore, it is starting to happen all over Long Island.

Our legal counsel is preparing a complaint for the State Supreme Court. We are asking that you send funding to GO Fund Me, or send checks made out to LIBFRE or Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy, Inc. directly to

LIBFRE
26 Gingerbread Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

Click the link to Go Fund Me

http://www.gofundme.com/libfre

Is PSEG Draining Long Island’s Economy

Helene Forst, Chair of Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy (LIBFRE) believes “PSEG has created a strategy intended to pit ratepayer against ratepayer.”

“This shouldn’t be about ratepayers fighting each other.”

“We believe that the issue is the following: PSEG has created a lucrative deal with LIPA. They are a subsidiary of a NJ subsidiary that is a subsidiary of the parent holding company, the Public Service Electric Group Company that is located in NJ. When Governor Cuomo gave them a long-term operating service agreement for 12 years, which gave them the authority to invest their capital on Long Island, and in turn he provided them with the opportunity to realize a return on their investments. The agreement also allowed them to bring in third party providers of capital, whose profits on their investments will not be regulated, and to contract, for services and the purchase of power from subsidiaries and affiliates of the New Jersey holding company. What happens to those profits?

Are they transferred to the New Jersey Holding Company, to be distributed to or for the benefit of its stockholders and senior management?

Are the profits diverted out of the economy of Long Island, to the detriment of the PSEG Long Island Employees, Rate Payers, and Tax Payers? These are questions that need to be answered.

We are also entitled to know, to what extent, if any, the long term operating service agreement between LIPA and PSEG causes a leakage of hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the Long Island economy to the detriment of its businesses, jobs and taxpayers.

Our position is that a fair share, if not the entire burden, to shoulder the costs of this project should be paid for by the Subsidiary, its Parent Holding Company, and its Stockholders, not the Ratepayers.”

“We question PSEG’S representation that we are in need of additional energy to get us through the summer of 2014. It should be noted that we had no brown-outs during the summer of 2013 despite the fact that LIPA, or National Grid, willingly dismantled three generators May 2013 that supplied back-up power to 4,000 households undercutting PSEG’s dire consequences argument for the summer of 2014. And that there are preferred alternatives for meeting the power needs of the East End.”

“PSEG wants the ratepayers to bury the lines once they’ve completed the overhead project. This will increase their profits once again. After they’ve irreparably damaged our environment, depreciated our property values, butchered and killed our trees, damaged our aesthetics, polluted our groundwater and soil, and exposed us to numerous health risks associated with continuous exposure to high-tension wires, their profits will go back to N.J., instead of being reinvested on Long Island.”

Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy (LIBFRE) is a non-profit 501 C4 corporation that aims to ensure that the future of Long Island utilities focuses on a safe and responsible energy infrastructure. LIBFRE supports an energy upgrade that preserves our health, safety, environment, property values, historic sites, and scenic vistas.

LIBFRE’s immediate goal is to halt and remove the overhead 6.2 mile transmission lines from East Hampton to Amagansett and reroute them along a 4 mile direct public corridor away from residential neighborhoods.