Letter March 13, 2012 from John Draghi (attorney for NYSEG) to Ted Guterman

Dear Mr. Guterman:

I have explained in prior emails how NYSEG studied in detail the proposal made by engineers hired by the Town of Ghent, and why that proposal was not a reasonable solution to the electrical needs of that NYSEG’s 115 kV project is intended to resolve. NYSEG’s planning engineers met with your engineers and studied not only their proposal, but variations on that proposal, all with the goal of reducing the potential for loss of electric service by 9,900 area customers. NYSEG concluded that a 34.5 kV approach to the need was significantly inferior to NYSEG’s 115 kV solution. I have also reminded you of the meetings NYSEG has scheduled to discuss the project, one of which was boycotted by the invitees. It would serve little purpose to repeat all of that again.

One of NYSEG’s consultants recently contacted the Town of Ghent in an attempt to arrange a meeting with a code enforcement officer to review which Ghent ordinances would be applicable to the construction of a 115 kV electric transmission line. I believe that you spoke with the consultant and that a meeting was scheduled for March 28, 2012. Considering the nature of your conversation with the consultant, and the contents of your letter to me, NYSEG doubts that the meeting would achieve its intended purpose, and is concerned that it would perhaps exacerbate the situation. Therefore, NYSEG wishes to cancel the March 28 meeting. NYSEG will gather the necessary information from publicly available documents.

I hope that when you review NYSEG’s Article VII certification application you will realize the great effort NYSEG has made to achieve the necessary system reinforcement in the most environmentally sound way.

John Draghi

2 thoughts on “Letter March 13, 2012 from John Draghi (attorney for NYSEG) to Ted Guterman

  1. found this info at http://www.powerlinefacts.com/faq.htm

    I live near a transmission power line. How do I know if I am in danger?

    a. When assessing danger, distance is all-important. The current research seems to suggest that living further than 400 feet from a transmission line will provide an adequate margin of safety from magnetic fields. However, the very latest research suggests that pregnant women should never venture anywhere near a transmission power line, for even momentary exposure to high magnetic fields sharply enhances the risk of a miscarriage. They should avoid even driving under a transmission power line.

    b. Those utilizing pace makers or automatic defibrillators should similarly avoid even momentarily venturing near transmission power lines.

    c. Those concerned about the less-documented risks associated with particles ionized by electric fields should avoid outdoor exposures with 2000 feet downwind from transmission power lines.

  2. The State of Connecticut passed by overwhelming margins in early May 2004 a law that requires power lines to be buried if they pass near residences, schools, hospitals and other sensitive facilities. There must be a reason they passed this law.

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