Forest Service reviewing Penelec proposal

The United States Forest Service is reviewing a proposal by Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) for a special use authorization to install, operate, and maintain a fiber-optic line on 2.7 acres of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).

The project is located on the Bradford Ranger District, Warrant 2428, Mead Township in Warren County.

According to the Forest Service, Penelec is proposing an amendment to its existing powerline permit to include a 2,384-foot section of fiber-optic line from the Glade Substation to State Route 59. The new fiber-optic line would be attached to existing power lines. Line work is expected over a two week period this summer.

The Forest Service decision is part of the larger fiber-optic line project by Penelec that also crosses the Allegheny River just below the Kinzua Dam and ends at Hemlock Run. The fiber optic system carries communications required for the safe and reliable operation of the electric system. There is no commercial purpose. The fiber-optic line would not provide internet, phone, or cable to the public.

The Forest Service says that comments regarding this proposal are being accepted until July 1, 2018. Written comments may be mailed or hand-delivered to Rich Hatfield, District Ranger, Bradford Ranger District, 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701 or by facsimile at 814-362-2761. Business hours are between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.