Environmental Impact Assessment Needed for Heartland Line
In 2008, the Alberta Government amended legislation to exempt all electricity transmission lines from the requirement for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). However, even with this exemption, the Environment Minister retains the authority under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act to require that an EIA be conducted for new high voltage power lines.
Because the proposed Heartland Line is so massive and in fact would be the largest power line ever built in Alberta (500kV double circuit with 73-metre-tall towers), RETA has written the Alberta Environment Minister asking that he require AltaLink and EPCOR to conduct a formal EIA of the Heartland Transmission Project. Other reasons for the request, and listed in the letter, include:
- There are significant natural areas and wildlife species along AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s preferred and alternate routes,
- This is the first project deemed “critical transmission infrastructure” by the Alberta Government, and
- The environmental and health impacts of an overhead Heartland Line are significant.
See RETA News Release and letter to Minister Rob Renner.
See Edmonton Journal article, St. Albert Gazette article, CTV News coverage, CHED News coverage, Winnipeg Free Press article, Red Deer Advocate article and Saint City News article.