Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville Candidates’ Views on Heartland Line

As reported in the April 20, 2012 edition of the Sherwood Park News, following are the views of the Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville constituency candidates on the controversial Heartland Transmission Project. This information is being provided so Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville residents can decide who they wish to vote for on April 23:

Shannon Stubbs: Wildrose

Repeal Bill 50 and suspend current transmission construction. Implement an independent and objective needs assessment process so transmission requirements need to be proven. Implement an open, competitive bidding process for electricity infrastructure construction. Restore rights of property owners and enable landowners to have access to full, fair and timely compensation as well as the right to appeal their compensation agreements in court.

Peter Schneider: Independent

Opposed to the line, especially because consumers would be paying for an electricity highway to the United States that would benefit only the power industry. Our power rates will go up if the line is built. Personally looking into becoming power self-sufficient.

Chris Fulmer: NDP

In the absence of a full needs assessment, there is evidence the line is not necessary. AESO’s electricity demand forecasts are overstated.

Jacquie Fenske: Progressive Conservative

Does not doubt that additional power is needed. Examine all costs associated with the project including underground options when deciding how the line is built. (The Alberta PC government has legislated the building of the Heartland and other 500kV power lines, and does not support undergrounding.)

Matt Levicki: EverGreen

Albertans need to hear more about why this is such a critical transmission project.

~ by RETA on April 22, 2012.

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