FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 20, 2014
DIDI BARRETT (845) 454-1703
Barrett to the PSC: Proposed transmission lines already negatively impacting the community
Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) has sent a letter to New York State Public Service Commission Secretary Kathleen Burgess, Commissioner Audrey Zibelman, Deputy Secretary of Energy Tom Congdon and Administrative Law Judge David Prestemon highlighting
the negative impact that the governor’s proposed Energy Highway is alr
eady beginning to have on families, farms and businesses in the proposed area
many of whom have already had land stripped away from them over generations for past transmission projects. While information continues to roll in there are still a lot of uncertainties, leaving many families watching the values of their properties drop due to concerns over the potential effects the projects may have. Some businesses, like The Omega Institute, have suspended projects over concern about the impact of possible land seizures, health effects, and visual landscape changes, Assemblymember Barrett noted in the letter.
“While we have been told this project won’t be decided for some time, the fact is we
are already seeing a destabilizing effect from these proposed power lines on our local communities,
Assemblymember Didi Barrett. “An economic engine like Omega that
attracts tens of thousands of people to the region is putting building projects on hold. Banks are questioning the value of homes in the proposed pathway. And hardworking families are struggling to make normal household decisions fearing they could lose their family home over eminent domain.
“We are seeing that our beautiful Hudson Valley region is already being negatively
impacted by this project and I am urging the PSC and the governor to consider a course of action that will bring peace of mind as soon as possible to folks in the community,
Assemblymember Barrett concluded.
Over the past several months, public utility companies and other developers have submitted applications t
o the Public Service Commission in response to the governor’s energy super highway initiative. These proposed power lines cut right through people’s homes, farms,
businesses, and the beautiful landscapes of the region and can have a negative impact on livelihoods, health and the economy.
Assemblymember Barrett has been an outspoken opponent of any project that would negatively impact the natural resources, economy or communities in the region and has previously urged the PSC and Governor Cuomo to consider all possible options, including underground installation because it would preserve the land and lessen any negative impacts on the homes, health and livelihoods of so many. -30-
**Below is a copy of Assemblymember
Letter to the PSC**