RETA has reported earlier on the appeal of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) November 1, 2011 decision to let AltaLink, EPCOR and Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin build an overhead 500kV power line from the Ellerslie Sub-Station to the Industrial Heartland in Edmonton, Strathcona County and Sturgeon County. The Appeal is by Stuart Shaw and Karen Shaw against the AUC, AltaLink and EPCOR, and is being presented by Keith Wilson, a well-known Alberta lawyer and land rights advocate.
The Heartland line is currently under construction next to 5,200 homes, several schools and day care centres and many environmentally sensitive areas. Many additional homes and businesses will be negatively affected, and all Alberta electricity ratepayers will be paying for this unnecessary line.
Recently, the Alberta Landowners Council provided details of the appeal on their website which they have given us permission to include here (and we quote):
“The Heartland Appeal (Appeal of the first Bill 50 Transmission Line) is quickly approaching and this email is intended to remind you of the date, and to give you some details. The Hearing will be heard, October 12, 2012, at the Alberta Court of Appeal, Calgary (TransCanada Pipelines Tower 2600). More location details below.
The Heartland Appeal (Shaw, Stuart, et al v. Alberta Utilities Commission, et al.) will be the second hearing of the day, and considering that the Court of Appeal starts at 9:00 am, we estimate that the Heartland Hearing will begin later in the morning, or possibly early afternoon. The exact times are not posted by the Court of Appeal, so you will have to plan accordingly. If you plan on attending the Hearing, please recognize that it is a Courtroom, and quiet and good manners must be practised by all. Please consider those directly involved in the hearing, and their need to reflect and gather their thoughts prior to the Hearing. There will be opportunities to discuss the hearing and other matters after it is done. The Hearing is expected to last for 2 3/4 hours.
We will inform everyone by email when a decision has been made by the Court of Appeal. We do not expect that a decision will be rendered immediately, however, we will let you know as soon as we know.
Shaw, Stuart, et al v. Alberta Utilities Commission, et al.
Calgary, October 12, 2012
Alberta Court of Appeal
TransCanada Pipelines Tower 2600
450-1st Street, S.W., Calgary
Courtroom 1, 26th Floor
Again, we want to extend a sincere “thank you” to all of you who have helped by giving us your support and your generous donations. This Appeal could not have happened without you, and we are sincerely grateful that you stepped up to the plate to help all Albertans. Our special thanks for the hard work, long hours and constant pursuit of justice by Lawyer Keith Wilson. We all wish him the very best with the Appeal.
Alberta Landowners Council”
RETA also wishes Stuart Shaw, Karen Shaw and Keith Wilson all the best on October 12. We encourage anyone interested in this Appeal to attend the proceedings in Calgary. The various court documents for this case can be found at “Heartland Hearing and Appeal” on the Alberta Landowner’s Council website.