Why You Should Care…
The Heartland Project power lines are the largest ever run in Alberta – 500kV dual circuit. The towers initially proposed were 60 metres tall….now the most recent towers proposed by EPCOR and AltaLink are 77 metres tall, twice the height of the tallest power line towers currently in Alberta.
There have been literally hundreds of studies that show there are serious health effects from prolonged exposure to the low frequency electromagnetic fields and air pollutants charged by corona ions that emanate from overhead high voltage transmission lines.
Whether it’s pipeline corrosion, tornadoes, ice-storms or electric shocks from induced currents, above ground power lines and homes and schools just don’t mix. Learn more about power lines and Your Safety.
Bird deaths resulting from collision with overhead transmission lines have been reported for over 100 years. Each year about 175 million birds are killed by power lines in the U.S. alone. We build wetlands as sanctuaries for migrating birds and then erect power lines to kill them… makes no sense. Learn more about power lines and The Environment.
A British study in 2007 showed the value of properties at a distance of less than 100m from high voltage overhead transmission lines was 38% lower than comparable properties. The effect of devaluation has been seen up to 2.5km from such lines (Askon Consulting Group 2008). Learn more about power lines and Your Property Value.
Does it Affect Me?
This affects all of us. These monstrous towers are an assault on the senses, unsafe and need to be put UNDERGROUND! If one child dies of leukemia because of these overhead lines then it’s everyone’s problem.
What Can I Do?
Please stay tuned to the RETA website.
Write the Premier, the Energy Minister and your MLA a letter. For help see the “Write a Letter” link.
Join RETA online. It’s easy and it’s free.
Make a financial donation to RETA. It takes a lot of money to fight overhead lines.
(RETA has been representing Albertans for over three years and has forced those in decision-making positions to consider burying high voltage power lines. A Private Member’s Motion was passed unanimously in the Alberta Legislature in April 2009 calling for the feasibility of underground power lines to be studied. A consultant submitted a report to the AESO in February 2010 which clearly indicates that an underground Heartland line is technically and financially feasible and is reliable. However, AltaLink, EPCOR, the AESO, AUC and Alberta Energy refuse to support burial or partial burial of the Heartland line. Our best estimates, based on information from underground cable experts, are that it will cost no more to bury these lines than to build them above ground. Let the Premier, the Energy Minister and your MLA know that you want this and other lines buried, or re-evaluated to determine whether the lines are even needed at all.)