Heartland Line – Most Contentious Issue in Years

As this letter to the Edmonton Journal states, “The Heartland transmission project is the most contentious issue seen in years. A whole lot of politicians need to give their collective heads a shake.” The letter goes on to suggest that security costs may be significant during construction of the line because so many people are angry about the manner in which the P.C. Government has mishandled the issue. This Sherwood Park News editorial agrees that the Heartland Transmission Project is the biggest controversy over the past year.

This is in follow up to the ludicrous November 1 decision by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) that it is “in the public interest” to build the most massive overhead high voltage power lines ever seen in Alberta (77 metres tall – 253 feet) next to 5,194 homes, several schools, a hospital, many businesses, and many environmentally sensitive areas.

This Lacombe Globe article questions why the Heartland project was not suspended, as were the Eastern and Western Alberta transmission lines. Based on these types of bewildering decisions by the Alberta Government (including Premier Redford directly), the article goes on to suggest that “there are others eager and more than willing to take her place”, if she continues to falter. Others eager to replace her obviously include the Opposition parties, but also folks within the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party who did not vote for her.

There will undoubtedly be many more articles and letters to newspaper editors written on the Heartland Transmission Project fiasco.

~ by RETA on November 17, 2011.

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