Altered Power Line Route Triggers New Hearing

The Lethbridge Herald and CTV News report that local landowners are upset with AltaLink for dramatically altering the route of a proposed high voltage power line in Southwest Alberta that was approved 2 years ago.

The Livingstone Landowners Group, representing about 100 area landowners, accuse AltaLink and the Alberta Electric System Operator of trying to move an already approved route between Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass  to a more pristine area. The main beef by affected landowners is with not being consulted about this major proposed routing change. Landowners argue AltaLink’s new proposed route would effectively industrialize and fragment the Porcupine Hills, Oldman River basin and the Livingstone Range (all iconic landscapes).

The Alberta Utilities Commission felt the proposed changes were significant enough to warrant a separate 3-day public hearing, scheduled to end August 25.

~ by RETA on August 24, 2011.

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