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From Robert and Connie Gillett

By Staff | Nov 20, 2008

It has come to my attention that Allegheny Energy is considering constructing a new 500 kV transmission power line, starting in Pennsylvania and running through northern West Virginia to the east coast. As a matter of fact, they would like a portion of it to deface my yard and extended property. This property would be worthless to me and yet I would have to continue paying taxes on it. I am sure I am not the only one in this position. People work hard for a nice home and property and do not want it destroyed by a power line for another state’s benefit. West Virginia has a poor record of protecting private property rights. I do not want to think about any fellow West Virginian being forced to surrender their property.

I oppose construction of the 500 kV Line for many personal reasons. I have already been inconvenienced on several occasions because people representing Allegheny Energy have been canvassing my property. I don’t want this eyesore constructed outside my front door, nor do I want it destroying the wildlife haven I enjoy.

In addition to my property being ruined, I do not want to have to worry about possible health hazards now or in the future.

This 500kV Line will not provide power to West Virginia in any way, therefore, it escapes me why the people of our beautiful state should have to deal with the ugliness of being a thoroughfare for the east coast? Why would we want to chance setting a dangerous precedent by permitting this 120 mile power line and encouraging more power line and power plant proposals from others.

If power is needed on the east coast, then let them build power plants on the east coast, or don’t they want the eyesore or the pollutants from a power plant. We can ship coal by rail anywhere it is needed. Jobs would be created for the rail industry as well as the coal industry. When the coal industry in West Virginia does well, everyone prospers, from small business to large businesses and corporations.

When power plants in Pennsylvania supply power from Pennsylvania coal, and electric runs through power lines going to the east coast through West Virginia, what do we get? Nothing, but useless land and the impact on our environment and wildlife.

Robert and Connie Gillett