Update on Chino Hills Project

RETA has built alliances with groups across North America that are fighting unnecessary and dangerous overhead transmission lines. In California, a plan to build massive transmission towers through the City of Chino Hills is attracting increasing attention throughout the state. As has happened here in Alberta, the city and a grassroots organization called ‘Hope for the Hills’ are fighting the plan because it puts the transmission lines too close to residential areas. These groups want the line buried.

Yesterday, the company involved in the project and the city announced that they were unable to resolve the issue through mediation, so the two sides will now have to appear before a judge from the Public Utilities Commission. The first phase of the hearing will begin on March 19th. About the upcoming hearing, the mayor of Chino Hills said the following, “We’re hopeful we can provide testimony to the CPUC that will support the fact (undergrounding) is an economically viable alternative…We’re going to take them to the mat. We’re going to put on the good fight, and hopefully we will prevail and hopefully the commission will tell (the power company) to take the towers down and put them underground.”

For more information on this story, see: http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_20133616/chino-hills-and-sce-mediations-unsuccessful-so-far. For more information on the many benefits of burying high voltage power lines, see here.

~ by RETA on March 9, 2012.

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