Dave Conroy – Bury Power Line

It has now been 3 months since respected Sherwood Park resident, Dave Conroy, passed away May 15, 2011 at the age of 91. As this Sherwood Park News article reports, Mr. Conroy was well known to Sherwood Park residents for his passion about local issues important to the community.

Among his many other accomplishments and interests, Mr. Conroy was a strong supporter of RETA, and voiced his opposition in many ways to the proposed overhead Heartland power line. On April 20, 2011, he appeared at the Heartland Alberta Utilities Commission Community Hearing Session in Sherwood Park to formally make his views known on the proposed line.

Mr. Conroy spoke about his concerns primarily about the health impacts of overhead high voltage line electromagnetic fields, and secondarily about the financial impacts to nearby property values. He stressed that if there were any additional capital costs associated with burying the Heartland line, ratepayers in the entire province should contribute toward these costs (since presumably the Heartland line would benefit all Albertans). Mr. Conroy ended his presentation to the AUC by asking the Commission to please think of the children first when developing its decision on the Heartland line.

Mr. Conroy’s son indicated that his father’s final request was for people to phone their MLA and request that the Heartland power line be buried and the Sherwood Park hospital finished.

RETA salutes Dave Conroy and his many contributions to issues important to Strathcona County.

~ by RETA on August 16, 2011.

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