April 1st, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 13
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Council takes a firm
stand against AltaLink
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Over the company’s objections, council is voicing its opposition to AltaLink’s proposed Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock (CRRCR) project.
AltaLink is to build a high voltage power line from the Goose Lake Substation, west to Burmis, across Highway 3 and into the Pass. This westerly option for the CRRCR could take one of two possible routes either north after reaching Lee Lake or west and into Bellevue.
In a recent meeting, AltaLink’s municipal and community relations manager John Grove advised Mayor Blair Painter to refrain from sending a letter outlining council’s opposition to the project to a number of government officials including Minister of Energy Frank Oberle.
“Grove suggested we not send this letter as it might jeopardize our relations with Edmonton,” said Painter at a council meeting on March 24.
After a quick discussion, council decided to ignore Grove’s suggestion and passed a motion to send the letter.
Councillor Bill Kovach said an AltaLink representative had contacted him and said the transmission company will be hosting another open house in April to discuss the proposed power line.
He said AltaLink has whittled down the number of proposed routes and will be presenting two possible paths.
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“[The representative] didn’t tell me which routes,” said Kovach.
About two-dozen stakeholders attended another AltaLink information session at Hillcrest Fish & Game Hall on March 12.
Grove, Colin Harvey, right-of-way planner for the project, and other AltaLink representatives spoke about the transmission project and factors they consider when choosing routes for power lines.
These factors include residential, agricultural, environmental, visual, financial, electrical and special considerations.
“We collectively look at all seven of those impacts and decide on what is the most low impact,” said Grove.
If the transmission line takes its most southerly proposed route, about 10 kilometers of high voltage transmission infrastructure will be built through the municipality.
Though some studies show that power lines reduce the value of nearby land, Grove would not comment on any perceived loss of value to properties.
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