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Waltham School to host Ameren public meeting

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A public hearing regarding proposed routes for Ameren's new high voltage transmission lines will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Waltham Elementary School, 946 N. 33rd Road, Utica. via Http

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Hydro corridor twinning prompts local residents to band together
Thursday July 5 2007
LISA TALLYN, Staff Writer
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At a public information meeting hosted by Hydro One at the Acton Legion in May, affected landowners Pat and Steve Crouse (left) of 15 Sideroad, asked Hydro One Bruce to Milton Project Manager Gary Schneider (right) questions about the twinning of the hydro corridor.
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Approximately 100 landowners along the proposed widening of the Bruce to Milton hydro corridor have banded together to ensure their interests are protected.
The group named Powerline Connections has hired expropriations lawyer Stephen Waque of Borden Ladner Gervais to represent them.
Halton Hills landowner Bill Allison, chairman of the group who owns two properties that would be affected by the proposed 500 kV transmission line, said landowners all the way along the hydro corridor have become members. He said the organization is acting as a sort of umbrella group for sub-groups that have been set up in different areas.
Allison said regardless of the fact the Ontario Power Authority has determined the new line is needed immediately "we still should be given fair representation of our rights and a fair analysis of the alternatives."
Allison explained the landowners are requesting that a proper Environmental Assessment be done, and that alternatives to the proposed line on the east side of the current line be considered.
The $635 million proposed project-- the largest expansion to Ontario's transmission system in 20 years-- would require widening the hydro corridor by about 175 to 200 ft., east of the existing line. It's planned to be in service by December 2011.
"At the end of the day if there is property impact, then fair compensation should be given," said Allison.
The group had preliminary discussions with Hydro One representatives last month and is in the process of putting together guidelines and policies regarding access to property and compensation they feel should be followed during negotiations with landowners.
Allison believes the group has reached the stage where Hydro One should be taking it seriously.
Ideally the group wants Hydro One to negotiate with individual landowners based on the agreed upon guidelines.
"Hopefully we will have a strong framework so individuals will be in a stronger position," said Allison.
Hydro One received the go-ahead from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in March to get the approval required to build the transmission line from the Bruce Power Complex to Milton. The project requires approval under the Environmental Assessment Act and from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).
Gary Schneider, manager regulatory approvals with Hydro One, said they don't expect to get OEB approval for the project until early next year and Environmental Assessment (EA) approval by next fall (2008).

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#4 Jul 6, 2007
Schneider said the first major step is to prepare terms of reference for the EA and Hydro One hopes to have that submitted this summer and approved this fall.
He said a hearing on the OEB application is slated for mid-January 2008 where members of the public who have intervener status will be able to have their say.
Hydro One has also applied for early access onto the lands required for the line and a hearing is to be held later this month on the issue, said Schneider. He said they hope to have that approval by the end of the summer.
Schneider said Hydro One is currently in the process of contacting affected landowners and at recent information centres landowners had an opportunity to see how the line could impact their property.
Schneider said there are about 30 instances along the proposed line where homes or major farm buildings fall within the 175 to 200 ft. strip of land required for the new line. He estimates approximately six landowners in Halton Hills are in that situation.
A full buyout of their properties or moving the buildings are options available to those landowners said Schneider.
(Lisa Tallyn can be reached at ltallyn at independentfreepress.com )
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RESPONSE TO MOTIONS FILED BY POWERLINE CONNECTIONS AND LANDOWNERS ...

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http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca/documents/cases/EB-2...

Powerline Connections request for a stay is grounded in its view that the. section 98 application is premature. Its motion record sets out 5 reasons why ... View as HTML

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#6 Jul 6, 2007
Power line hearings 'tainted'
Landowners group says spying episode puts energy board's neutrality into question
Jim Farrell, With files from Heather Schultz, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Tuesday, June 19
EDMONTON - A Rimbey-area landowner says his privacy was invaded and discussions with his lawyer were compromised by the Alberta Energy Utilities Board, which admitted Monday it hired private detectives to spy on his group as they watched proceedings of an AEUB panel on closed-circuit television.
Joe Anglin, leader of the Lavesta Group of more than 700 central Alberta landowners, was further enraged when an AEUB panel refused his lawyer's motion to call the private detectives before the panel to explain what information they passed on.
Anglin and 11 lawyers, who represent various landowners, would like to find out whether that information included conversations overheard between the lawyers and their clients.
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Rimbey area farmer Jim Vetsch, 63, is worried about a third Altalink high-power transmission line being proposed to run across his property alongside the two already there. Like other landowners, he had to watch the AEUB hearing in Rimbey on a big-screen television in a neighbouring hall after the panel restricted public access to its hearings.
John Lucas, The Journal, file
"The entire process has been tainted by private investigators who have egregiously invaded solicitor-client privilege," said Anglin.
The dispute between the landowners and the AEUB began months ago when Alberta Electric System Operator, a grid planning and management agency, sought permission to build a 500,000-volt power transmission line between Edmonton and Calgary on the west side of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.
The AEUB agreed in principle two years ago to construction of the line. Before that can happen, the AEUB panel must grant final approval of the line and the route.
Anglin and lawyers who represent various landowners opposed to the line think the panel has now made clear it can no longer be considered a neutral regulatory body. If it were, they said, it would accept a landowners' motion to have the private detectives testify before the panel about what they heard while surreptitiously attending gatherings at the Rimbey recreation centre, where proceedings of the panel were shown on a large-screen TV. Because its neutrality is now in question, the panel must recuse itself while the Alberta Court of Appeal hears the Lavesta Group's case for overturning the AEUB's preliminary decision in favour of the line, Anglin said.

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For months, the proposal to build the power line has angered landowners and townspeople along the route. That anger became evident during a recent series of public hearings.
In April, the panel restricted public participation at its hearings after an elderly woman allegedly "took a swing" at a lawyer, an incident captured by camera crews and broadcast on Red Deer television.
That altercation occurred after the meeting broke down in chaos, with irate landowners yelling at the panel and the panel chairman turning off a microphone that allowed them to pose questions.
The panel became more concerned when landowner Edwin Erickson issued what he termed a "press release."
Erickson warned of what might happen if the panel continued to deny motions made by landowners.
"Yet another denial will very likely ignite even more serious opposition by growing groups from various facets of the citizenry demanding their demo-cratic right, leading to the probability of more volatile actions both in and outside the EUB chambers," said Erickson, who is not a member of the Lavesta Group.
Reached by phone Monday, Erickson spelled out what he meant by "volatile actions."
"I think there could be violence," he said.
That justifies the AEUB's security department using private investigators to go undercover and gauge the potential for violence, said AEUB spokesman Davis Sheremata.
"As everyone is aware, events which transpired in earlier stages in this proceeding led to serious concerns in regard to the safety of all participants in the process," Sheremata said.
Anglin thinks private investigators hired by the board may have been doing more than just security work. He thinks they may have eavesdropped on conversations between property owners and their lawyers, then fed that information to the panel.
Sheremata said that didn't happen. "Their duty was to observe the proceedings and ensure the safety of all participants should the need arise," he said.
The AEUB's security office only told the panel that it had hired four private detectives after Anglin confronted a suspicious-looking man in the recreation centre, Sheremata said. Under provincial regulations that govern the use of private detectives, that agent did as he was supposed to and admitted he was a private detective with Flash DMC Consulting Inc. of Edmonton.
Sheremata said no information of a privileged or confidential nature was provided to the panel by the detectives. If that's true, they should appear at the hearing to be questioned, said the president of the Alberta Civil Liberties Association, Calgary lawyer Stephen Jenuth.
"It brings into question the whole impartiality of the board," said Jenuth. "The board should come clean and be cross-examined with respect to that."
Opposition MLAs agree the AEUB has lost credibility during the fractious hearings into the new power line.
"It's chilling," said Liberal energy critic Hugh MacDonald. "And the (board) states in their mandate that they want to do things in a fair, responsible manner in the public interest? It's quite evident that there now has to be more members of the public on the Energy and Utilities Board. It's stacked in favour of industry right now."
The AEUB damaged its reputation and its credibility by using private detectives, said NDP environment critic David Eggen.
"The (board) is jeopardizing their integrity like never before," Eggen said. "It's outrageous. There's been a lack of due process and transparency and honesty with this whole process."
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© The Edmonton Journal 2007

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#8 Jul 6, 2007
We have been reading the transcripts of the Utilities Board hearings currently underway in Alberta and it strikes us that this procedure parallels the experience of trahvol in Canada

www.trahvol.com

in Tsawwassen Delta Richmond area British Columbia BC as well as our experiences in Ontario.

As some of you are likely aware,

Trahvol has made a bit to have their case heard at the Supreme Court of Canada with regards to the application of the precautionary principle in the planning process.

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#9 Jul 6, 2007
Here are a few other links for you...

www.stop-emf.ca (this site is out of date but there are 80 news stories posted as well as a number of valuable links)

SEE " Ontario, Canada: Bump-up request (330kB)" at this site: http://www.hopeofgeorgia.com/

See LINKS to Task Force and other information at this page:
LINK: http://www.stop-emf.ca/customer/help.php...

****Appraisal Report presented to the Appraisal Institute of Canada re: Lazar vs Hydro One Networks, Ontario Municipal Board case: LINK: http://www.aicanada.ca/e/pdfs/CONFERENCE-05-I...

****SAGE Report, UK: http://www.rkpartnership.co.uk/sage/Public/SA...

Chris Bancroft Wilson Report 1992; http://www.energyprobe.org/energyprobe/report...

****Chris Bancroft Wilson report 2004: http://www.stop-emf.ca/stopinfo/esrreview.pdf

International Precedents: http://www.elc.uvic.ca/projects/2005-01/Power...

Connecticut Transmission Line Law: http://www.retailenergy.com/statelin/0406olsn...

Connecticut Bill LINK: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2004/jfr/h/2004HB-05418...

Connecticut requires undergrounding: http://www.powerlinefacts.com/connecticut_req...

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#10 Jul 6, 2007
Transcripts from recent OEB hearing...

Ontario Energy Board http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca

Here's a good document for ALL of you Out there…

LINK: http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca/documents/cases/EB-2...

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