Residents ready legal fight for power line changes

The Columbia Paper
Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:36

GHENT–Concerned town residents are gathering forces to challenge a potential new high voltage power line in their community.

“We have a beautiful community filled with wonderful resources–farms, pastures, wetlands, Art Omi and more–that a high voltage power line would have a terrible impact on,” said Koethi Zan, a member of the steering committee of a group called Protect Ghent.

Although a formal application for the power line is not expected until sometime in April, preliminary meetings between Binghamton-based utility NYSEG and the Town of Ghent indicate the 10.6 mile 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line will run across property owned by Omi International Arts Center, near The Fields Sculpture Park, as well as through several working farms, land designated for conservation, a historic graveyard and dozens of pieces of personal property.

“We think they have an alternative,” said Rose Vining, Art Omi Facilities Director….read more

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