Judge blocks Revel owner from connecting to utility’s gear

A federal judge says the new owner of Atlantic City’s former Revel casino can’t connect to equipment owned by a utility company at the center of a literal power struggle at the now-dark Boardwalk complex.

U.S. District Court Judge Jerome Simandle issued a temporary restraining order Friday prohibiting Glenn Straub from attempting to hook up generators or other temporary power sources to equipment owned by ACR Energy Partners inside the casino.

A lawyer for ACR says there are life-and-death safety issues at stake.

Straub’s Polo North Country Club bought the casino on April 7. ACR terminated service to the complex two days later in the absence of a contract for future service.

Straub hired portable generators, but was blocked by state environmental authorities from using them.

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