The Connecticut Siting Council has rejected a request by state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to reconsider its approval of a plan to install electric cable across Long Island Sound.
Blumenthal said Thursday that he will continue to fight the proposal in the courts and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Cross-Sound Cable Company’s 24-mile cable system would run from New Haven to Brookhaven, N.Y., and transport up to 330 megawatts of power in either direction.
“This decision is disappointing, but it is not the end of our case against the Cross Sound cable,” Blumenthal said in a prepared statement. “The project remains anti-consumer and anti-environment.
“It promises to raise energy prices, harm the Long Island Sound environment, obstruct access and dredging in the New Haven Harbor and damage our state economy,” he said.
The Siting Council, which approved the plan the first week of this month, voted unanimously Thursday to reject Blumenthal’s request.
“There were no new facts,” council Chairman Mortimer Gelston said. “We made our decision based on 13 hearings. We didn’t think it was in the best interest to reconsider.”
The project still needs the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.