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Adirondack Land Swap Gets Legislative Approval

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Tupper Lake, NY – State lawmakers have given final approval to a land swap in the Adirondack Forest Preserve to allow National Grid to bring a new power line to the Village of Tupper Lake. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The land swap was authorized by voters statewide in a ballot referendum in 2009.

The new power line is needed to fix a problem that led to frequent power outages in the Adirondack village.

The roadside line will bring power from Stark Falls Reservoir in Colton south to the Village of Tupper Lake. The sticking point was that the route crossed Forest Preserve land, where privately owned facilities aren't allowed.

National Grid agreed to purchase 20 acres along the Raquette River to add to the Forest Preserve in exchange for the six acres needed for the power line.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.

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