Responsible Electricity Transmission for Albertans
Sherwood Park Residents Angry About Heartland Line
Numerous questions on the controversial Heartland power line were asked of Garnett Genuis (Wildrose) and Cathy Olesen (Progressive Conservative) at the Sherwood Park all-candidates forum April 18 (see Sherwood Park News).
Genuis stated emphatically that the Wildrose Party opposed the Heartland line and Bill 50 (Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009), and if they formed the next government, Bill 50 would be repealed and the Heartland line would be cancelled. Almost all of the approximately 400 forum attendees cheered loudly.
Even though the Alberta PC Party supports the building of an above-ground Heartland line which will cause Colchester School to close down, Olesen said she personally supports the line being buried. (Premier Redford personally supports the above-ground Heartland line and in fact politically interfered with the AUC Heartland hearing process by telling the Commission the Heartland line should go ahead. This matter is currently before the Alberta Court of Appeal.)
When asked several times what she would do if elected, Olesen was unable to respond and simply repeated that she personally supports the line being buried. (If the PC Party forms the next government, the Heartland line will indeed be built above-ground.)
The Alberta PC government had legislated the building of the 500kV Heartland Transmission Project, the largest ever to be built in Alberta, and has pushed AltaLink and EPCOR to build it in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park Greenbelts close to 5,200 homes (15,000-18,000 people), and several schools, daycares, a hospital and many environmentally sensitive areas.