Bill 50 Must Be Scrapped

Letters to the Sherwood Park News editor (letter 1, letter 2) reiterate how upset Albertans are with Bill 50, the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009, the legislation passed by the Alberta Government in late 2009. This legislation took away any role by the public, industry or the Alberta Utilities Commission (the regulator) in determining whether or not new high voltage power lines labelled as “critical transmission infrastructure” by the government are necessary.

What is particularly angering Albertans is the fact that, although we now have no input on the need for all of these new expensive lines, we have to pay 100% of the cost of these lines, while the transmission companies like AltaLink, EPCOR and ATCO end up owning them, and reaping a guaranteed 9% annual return on our investment. And, to top it all off, those Albertans who are so unfortunate to live next to these proposed so-called “critical” power lines, will suffer a double-whammy……they will have to pay for those lines, and then have their health, safety, property values and overall quality of life negatively impacted.

Is it any wonder Albertans want the controversial Bill 50 repealed?

~ by RETA on October 11, 2011.

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