Posted on September 30, 2010 in Concerns, Environment, Finance, Government by Matthew SekolNo Comments »

In 2009, PSE&G published a paper refuting the federal government’s need for a transmission superhighway.  Either they have lost their minds or they truly don’t believe this paper is relevant to the Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission Line, which again, was outlined as part of a larger transmission superhighway outlined in 2005 by the PJM.
You can read this glorious self-defeating paper here and judge for yourself it’s relevance.  
I can’t even sum this up – it’s basically a lot of what we’ve been saying for the past few years now.  Truly mind boggling.  Stay with it, the insanity truly begins on Page 4!

Posted on February 13, 2010 in Community, Concerns, Environment, PPL by Matthew SekolNo Comments »

Many of you have reported receiving a letter from PPL this week or seeing an article in the Morning Call regarding the Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line.  While the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission and the NJ Board of Public Utilities have approved the line, the National Park Service has decided to re-examine all routes again because Route B runs through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
The park already contains a utility line, previously approved by Congress decades ago, but would require expanding the right of way and installing some access roads.  PPL still believes the most effective route for the power line is Route B.
The board will be meeting shortly to discuss our next steps.  It will most likely involve a letter writing or email campaign.  Please look for another email in the coming days.

Posted on September 18, 2008 in Community, Environment, Government by Matthew SekolNo Comments »
We are looking for people to go to the PA Energy Fest this weekend, but specifically Friday at 5:30PM where Senator Casey will be talking about NIETC.  For those that are not familiar with NIETC, check here for more information.
This Fri., Sat. & Sun. – Sept. 19, 20, & 21, 2008
Featured Keynote Speaker on Main Stage: U.S. Senator Bob Casey
“The Federally Mandated Electrical Transmission Corridor Planned to Go Through PA by Eminent Domain”
National Interest Electric Corridors: What the New Federal Law for Designating and Siting Power Lines Means for Pennsylvanians
The 2005 Energy Policy Act created a broad new authority for the federal government to take the electric transmission line siting process away from the state in certain situations. The new law is now being put into effect with 75% of the state swept into the new federal power and transmission line projects proposed in southwest and northeast Pennsylvania.

Senator Casey will discuss what it means for Pennsylvania property owners and communities, its impact on Pennsylvania’s renewable power and global warming initiatives, and what we can do about it.

UPDATE: Casey will not be speaking, but we still encourage you to go!  Holly from the Sierra Club will be speaking about NIETC and needs our support!

Posted on July 23, 2008 in Concerns, Environment, PPL by Matthew SekolNo Comments »

This afternoon, the media is covering a Bald Eagle which was shocked on a power line in western Easton.  It’s claws pierced the power line and the bird was shocked.  It’s a very unfortunate situation that serves as a reminder of one of our key concerns.

Morning Call – Eagle critically injured by West Easton power line
Lehigh Valley Live – Bald Eagle shocked on power line

I encourage you all to speak out against PPL and remind them that these birds will be impacted greatly by the power lines.  Not only with this risk, but through their migratory patterns and eco-system disruption.  Go read more about animals and power lines on the Environment page.

Posted on July 1, 2008 in Concerns, Environment, PPL by Matthew SekolNo Comments »

Ah!  Nature disrupted!

Posted on June 24, 2008 in Environment, Government, PPL by Matthew SekolNo Comments »
In the Pennsylvania Consititution, our land is protected!
Article 1, Section 27 clearly states –
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.