Power line route roils Ghent

The COLUMBIA Paper
Written by KRISTI BERNER
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:06

NYSEG files plan that cuts through town

GHENT–Anyone driving along County Route 22 here can’t help but notice the bright yellow signs posted in front of two dozen properties along the road.

“Stop the Power Lines!” they shout out to passersby.

The placards are the most visible evidence of a grassroots movement aiming to prevent an 11-mile high-voltage overhead power line from disrupting the environment and landscape of the community. Protect Ghent is a group of more than a hundred local residents and business owners who are taking on New York State Electric & Gas, a subsidiary of multi-billion dollar Spanish company Iberdrola. NYSEG supplies much of the power in northern and eastern Columbia County.

Despite the David vs. Goliath scenario, the group believes they have a chance to win the battle. Protect Ghent Executive Director Koethi Zan said more than 150 people showed up for the organization’s second meeting, which filled the Art Omi Visitors Center on a rainy Monday night in late May.

“It was encouraging,” said Ms. Zan. read more

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