Down To 2 Routes: Nothing Changes!

Well, as I’m sure you’ve heard, the other shoe has dropped and AltaLink and EPCOR have announced that they plan to propose the East TUC as the primary option for the Heartland Transmission Line with the Far West Route being their second choice. We always knew that they would announce a primary and secondary route and, as a consequence, it was highly likely that two of the four proposed routes would be eliminated so no real surprises here.

There was even some mention in EPCOR and AltaLink’s communication that an underground option would be acceptable but until the studies being conducted by the AESO/HPT and Alberta Energy are completed, the underground option has not been put front and centre where it belongs.

We will have a lot more information coming out shortly but, in the meantime, it has been heartening to receive so much support from the RETA members that are no longer directly affected saying that they remain committed to the principle of “burying the line” whenever it goes near homes, schools, hospitals, day cares, and environmentally sensitive areas. The outpouring of support has been very encouraging.

One thing is certain – with the AESO’s proposed $14.5B investment to strengthen the electrical grid in Alberta, it is just a matter of time before the routes that were eliminated this time as well as many other potential routes are chosen for very high voltage lines, similar to the ones being proposed for the Heartland Project. So now is the time to make sure that your elected representatives understand that Albertans want these things run underground whenever they are going to impact people.

Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for much more information coming shortly.

-RETA Board of Directors

~ by RETA on January 11, 2010.

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