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Maritime Electric: No High Voltage Lines in Millvale PEI

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Maritime Electric proposes to install a high voltage transmission line corridor along the Millvale Road -  one of Prince Edward Island's most scenic backcountry roads - and on the Smith and St. Marys roads.

Traversing high hills and deep valleys in one of the biggest blocks of upland hardwood forest left on the island, the Millvale Road is a gateway to green canopied heritage roads. These winding single-lane dirt tracks from the 1700s are popular with hikers, birders and nature lovers.  In a densely populated province, greatly disturbed by agriculture and settlements, the unbroken vistas of these forested hills are a rare treasure. 

That will all change if Maritime Electric, a utility owned by Fortis Inc., scars this secluded landscape with 58-foot poles carrying 69,000-volt wires. Already, tree butchery has begun.

For people living in this 10 kilometre corridor, many tucked quietly into the forest on an unpaved section, the proposal is devastating. People living next to the road do not want to be exposed, against their will, to the health risks of high voltage wires.  

Property values drop when high voltage transmission lines are built in areas of natural beauty. Residents living near the proposed substation in St. Ann, with its industrial ugliness and glaring lights, will take the biggest financial hit, and lose forever the blackness and brilliant stars of rural nights. 

We call on Maritime Electric President and CEO John D. Gaudet to respect the wishes of residents who were not consulted or even notified about this proposal. Stop destroying trees, go back to the drawing board, and find a more appropriate location for the transmission lines and substation, for example, in an already highly disturbed area like a highway or potato field. Better yet, put the lines underground.    

Prince Edward Island's economy depends on tourism, driven largely by natural beauty and the rural way of life. It makes no sense to ruin a spectacular natural area enjoyed by residents, hikers, bikers, birders, horse riders and snowshoers when there are more appropriate alternatives. 

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