Ain’t it a shame we are once again being subjected to a sham “public” meeting? wpd has recently announced a government-required meeting about more changes to their industrial turbine plan. Presumably it is to give the community information about transmission lines, as details were not specified in the original plan. However, even at this late juncture, details are still not available.
There is a suggestion that some lines will be buried, where there is not too much rock. Where might that be, since much of the 29 kilometre route from Royal Road to County Road 5 is limestone? The project plan uses terms such as “could be”, “expected”, “not anticipated”, and, as such, is meaningless.
There is no information on the height of transmission poles, or the diameter of the hole required to install the poles. Similar projects use poles 60-80 feet high that are set in reinforced concrete. There is no information on placement of guy wires. Similar projects require them for even a 5 degree change in direction. Buried wires will be three feet underground.
There is no information on enclosure of the wires. Similar projects have wires enclosed in a sheath filled with oil. What guarantee is there that the oil will not leach into the surrounding soil?
There is no information on the effects of the vibrations produced in constructing the trough in the limestone on nearby structures – or who will pay for damage. The impact on tree roots as well as on the water table and drainage cannot even guessed at, let alone scientifically investigated, until the exact location and details of buried and above ground wires are known. Then, the corporation should be made to perform thorough vibration, environmental impact, and geomorphology/water studies to ensure there will be no impact prior to commencing construction.
Recently, wpd had 5 meters either side of Mapul Layn surveyed, and the beautiful old iconic maples marked. These trees and both shoulders are on private property. Last spring the private property issue was specifically raised and wpd was advised by the municipality that the trees may not be removed for wires; trenches may not be dug on the shoulders. Yet here they are again, marking trees presumably for removal. Even putting a trench under the roadway will put the outstanding maples at risk, through root damage.
Attend the wpd meeting and demand details: April 29, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Prince Edward Community Centre Hall, 375 Main Street, Picton. Do not allow the corporation to put trees and the water table at risk. Help protect our County and our rights.
Chair, County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy (CCSAGE)
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