Another challenge to the Champlain Hudson Power Express has emerged.
The Center for Biological Diversity, the North American Megadam Resistance Alliance and the Innu Nation of Laborador have filed a formal notice letter with the Department of Energy about the project, a 333 mile transmission line that would bring 1,000 to 1,250 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to Astoria, Queens.
The groups say the DOE needs to reinitiate Endangered Species Act consultation on the project as a result of the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2017 designating part of the Hudson River under which it would be buried a critical habitat for endangered Atlantic sturgeon.
They also say that the environmental impact statement for the project failed to address the effect it would have on Indigenous communities in Canada as well as the climate impacts and loss of wildlife habitat associated with the construction of new dams in Canada to supply power for it.
The groups say the letter gives the DOE and National Marine Fisheries Service 60 days to remedy the violations of regulations and the laws identified in it. If the agencies fail to do so, they say, they "will assume that no corrective action is being taken and will proceed accordingly."