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Springfield officials plan to oppose PPL line -- themorningcall...

There are 8 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 24, 2007, titled Springfield officials plan to oppose PPL line -- themorningcall.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Springfield Township plans to join with Richland Township and others in asking PPL Electric Utilities to reroute a proposed power line that current plans show running through forest and farmlands in several ...

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Mat Man

Wayne, PA

#1 Oct 24, 2007
"Springfield Township plans to join with Richland Township"

Did I miss something? I don't recall Richland officially coming out and opposing the power line route. Just asking
DogMa

United States

#2 Oct 24, 2007
Yes, you did miss something! Richland Township residents are fighting this since portions of private farmland are going to be utilized by PPL, making their land less valuable for landowners.

Sometimes we need to stand up and fight and after the unwaivering fight Springtown village and township residents put up and won to keep their Water Authority in the township, I see this as a community that can fight most anything and win.
We are a determined group and should be grateful to Francine Schmitt for bringing this news to us!
Mat Man

Wayne, PA

#3 Oct 24, 2007
DogMa wrote:
Yes, you did miss something! Richland Township residents are fighting this since portions of private farmland are going to be utilized by PPL, making their land less valuable for landowners.
Sometimes we need to stand up and fight and after the unwaivering fight Springtown village and township residents put up and won to keep their Water Authority in the township, I see this as a community that can fight most anything and win.
We are a determined group and should be grateful to Francine Schmitt for bringing this news to us!
Thanks for your input. I am aware that citizens and the county are resisting the proposal. Waht I'm not aware is whether Richland Township has officially come out against the PPL proposal?
open mind

Roseland, NJ

#4 Oct 24, 2007
Francine Schmitt also took it to Quakertown where their council cowardly accepted the PPL offer...so its not all good
Q-town resident

Whitehall, PA

#5 Oct 24, 2007
open mind wrote:
Francine Schmitt also took it to Quakertown where their council cowardly accepted the PPL offer...so its not all good
Q-town and Richland Township has fought for years over just about every last little thing possible. Both sides could've done more to help the other. Richland surrounds the borough-the two should work together on things.

Q-town could've backed Richland against PPL and Richland could've enforced it codes against that abandoned factory near Cemetery and California Roads up against the borough line. It's a shame that PPL's going to run an 8.5 story tall powerline over part of the walking trail across the tracks from Walnut Bank Farms development.

I sympathize with these people, they bought BEFORE this was ever proposed and no amount of zoning research could protect against powerlines by eminent domain.
Chas Quakertown

West Chester, PA

#6 Oct 25, 2007
Q-town resident wrote:
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Q-town and Richland Township has fought for years over just about every last little thing possible. Both sides could've done more to help the other. Richland surrounds the borough-the two should work together on things.
Q-town could've backed Richland against PPL and Richland could've enforced it codes against that abandoned factory near Cemetery and California Roads up against the borough line. It's a shame that PPL's going to run an 8.5 story tall powerline over part of the walking trail across the tracks from Walnut Bank Farms development.
I sympathize with these people, they bought BEFORE this was ever proposed and no amount of zoning research could protect against powerlines by eminent domain.
Rick Orloff (and by extension, Richland Twsp) has not stood against PPL and the proposed power line. They have been supportive of it. The Schmidths are upset, which can be understood, and it is a case of NIMBY. If it wasn't through her property, she wouldn't give a rat's a$$.
DogMa

United States

#7 Oct 25, 2007
I don't think it's just a case of NIMBY, but a case of watershed degradation and open space issues. Why are we (Springfield Township) borrowing money as was the vote in the last election to purchase land for open space preservation, only to have that land degraded by PPL?

I don't want my hard-earned tax money to be paying for land that will one day be used by PPL when they have other options!

You are right, I've not heard Richland Township support the residents who are affected by this and I imagine Springfield is setting precident and I applaud them. Gutsy township, sometimes. Don't always agree with them on everything, but they try their best!
Death Valley

Allentown, PA

#8 Oct 29, 2007
Quakertown will never stand up against PPL because they need this upgrade as these lines carry the electricity that Qtown buys from the market from the generator to Qtown's substation...

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