Colchester School to Fight Heartland Power Line Decision

Over 100 concerned parents who attended a meeting November 14 made it clear that they will fight to keep Colchester Elementary School open and get the Heartland line buried next to the school. They are angry about the recent AUC (Alberta Utilities Commission) decision that favours big business over the health and safety of young children. See iNews 880 coverage and Sherwood Park News article.

Elk Island Public Schools, Strathcona County Council, RETA and many others are supportive of getting the line buried so the school can stay open. The well-maintained school, built in 1958, would close if the power line is built above ground as decided by the AUC, because parents would not want to jeopardize the health and safety of their children. Many peer-reviewed studies indicate significant increased risks of childhood leukemia and many other diseases associated with nearby overhead high voltage power lines.

The President of the Colchester Parents Association, Cheryl Przybilla, has challenged the Alberta Government to put health and safety of children before big power industry.

~ by RETA on November 15, 2011.

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