More Concerns by Candidates about Heartland Line

Recently-elected Wildrose candidate for the Strathcona-Sherwood Park provincial constituency, Paul Nemetchek, has concerns about the proposed Heartland power line. The Sherwood Park News reports that Nemetchek indicates AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s preferred route for the line is an area intended to be a green space. See this letter to the Edmonton Journal for details on the history of the Sherwood Park Greenbelt, which indeed clarifies that the intent of the Sherwood Park Greenbelt was to provide a buffer between sprawling Edmonton and rural Strathcona County. Mr. Nemetchek will be running against the incumbent MLA, Dave Quest, in the next provincial election.

This Sherwood Park News article reports Alberta P.C. leadership candidate Gary Mar wants to put a hold on construction of the Heartland line because there are too many unanswered questions regarding its cost, the period over which ratepayers would be paying for the line, and do we need all this transmission now? Mar wants these questions answered before he would approve continuation of the project.

These comments follow closely on the heels of Alberta P.C. leadership candidate Rick Orman’s commitment last week to get the Heartland line buried if it is built, and ensure that the costs are shared by all Alberta electricity ratepayers. This strong commitment by Mr. Orman earned the support of Strathcona County Mayor Linda Osinchuk and RETA . RETA encourages its members, and other Albertans concerned about overhead high voltage power lines, to purchase a $5.00 membership in the Alberta P.C. Party and vote for Rick Orman on September 17. Regardless of your political background, RETA encourages Albertans to participate in the election of Alberta’s next Premier.

~ by RETA on August 30, 2011.

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