Pines power line approval shows AUC is not doing its job

Re: Industrial power line structure to be built in the pines residential neighborhood AltaLink’s proposal to increase the height, scale and voltage of the power lines running through our Pines residential neighbourhood is a poor one.

Re: Industrial power line structure to be built in the pines residential neighborhood

AltaLink’s proposal to increase the height, scale and voltage of the power lines running through our Pines residential neighbourhood is a poor one.

Worse, the Alberta Utility Commission’s decision to allow this industrial build is neglectful.

The proposed new industrial-size structures and higher voltage power lines are not reasonable for inclusion in any residential neighbourhood.

The City of Red Deer has provided a suitable alternative right-of-way for the AltaLink expansion line. Both the city and the local residents support this alternative route.

AUC has been unwilling to consider this more favourable and less impactful route. AUC’s one-sided assessment of the alternatives has led me to believe that the hearing process has been only for show.

Local residents have been given a hearing but not given consideration. The AUC has ignored its own rules, accepted misstatements of facts, and not thoughtfully accepted the merits of the alternative route.

AltaLink and the AUC do not seem to care about the impact on our neighbourhood.

Pines residents are being steamrolled in the quest to build industrial-grade power structures metres from our homes. AUC has not done their job and their faulty decision needs to be reversed.

Bill Graham

Red Deer

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