Protect Ghent update 05.31.2012

NYSEG Filing
Here is a link to the NYSEG filing. Hard copies of the complete application are available at the Ghent Town Hall, the Chatham and Hudson libraries and The Rudolf Steiner Library (66 Fern Hill Road, Ghent). The route is what we expected, and our Google map has been updated to include the alternate routes. protectghent.com has links to easily viewable and downloadable maps. Note that much of this large document is technical; over the coming weeks, we will be hiring engineers and other experts to study it in detail as we prepare our case in opposition to the line.

What to Do Right Now – Write Letters!
In the meantime, we want to make sure that our elected representatives are aware of this filing, and understand that the citizens of our community are very concerned about it. At the end of this email (and on our blog and FB page), there is a list of the names and addresses of our federal and state representatives. Please write each of them a letter and let them know how you feel. A personal, handwritten letter is best, explaining who you are, where you live and why you are opposed to this power line, and asking them to please help stop the construction of these proposed high voltage power lines in our community. You can refer to the project as the “Columbia County Transmission Project” and you should include the PSC case number, which is 12-T-0248.

We’ll have more information and calls to action over the next week or two, and will soon schedule a meeting to provide information and forms for individuals who want to file as intervenors.

Our Elected Representatives:
State Senator:
Sen. Stephen M. Saland
State Street Room 504
Capitol
Albany, NY 12247

Assemblywoman:
Didi Barrett
LOB 532
Albany, NY 12248

Congressman:
Rep. Chris Gibson
502 Cannon HOB
Washington DC 20515

Senators:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Sen. Chuck Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

5 thoughts on “Protect Ghent update 05.31.2012

  1. Would it help to use a Winter map to show the true effect of how the lines would be exposed and viewable when there is less green and the leaves are not on trees?

  2. RB
    We don’t get to choose the maps; they are what’s provided to the mapping services. I’ve been thinking the same thoughts. This is a link to the hedge row behind my barn http://sdrv.ms/JC76Vx. The power line will be adjacent to it. Right now it’s a solid wall of green, but in the winter it’s transparent.

    • Thanks – Bing.com Maps is a winter view and may be quite useful if we can super impose details.This Line is just going to be visible for miles in the winter….

  3. Google offers a desktop tool called Google Earth that generates the shape files that are then imported into web based Google Maps. Bing does not offer a user mappping tool. Besides, its the elevation view, not the birds-eye view, that will show the seasonal difference in visibility.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree that handwritten letters are so important now to express how we feel. One suggestion is to have people anonymously (if preferred) post their letters on this Facebook page or have a “tab” or “link” on the Protect Ghent home page. I think this would only inspire and motivate others to write. It would only provide others with thoughts of how they would write their own letters.

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