Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quebec or Foreign Support of Transmission Line through Parks Would Increase Opposition Here

There has been some reported opposition to the idea of hydro transmission lines through two UNESCO World Heritage sites and national parks in Newfoundland and Labrador. That will hopefully grow, albeit slowly. If putting 40 metre high transmission lines through our magnificent parks happened to be something that say Quebec, or some foreign fishing offender openly supported, then there would be ten times as much opposition to the idea.

Here's an example: Today at CBC's NL site, at 11:45 a.m. there are 3 comments about NALCOR's plan to cut through Gros Morne & Mealy Mountains national parks, and so far, 143 comments about the Spanish trawler crew that was rescued. Not that there's anything wrong with asking questions about the quick fire and sinking of that trawler, in fact it's good to do just that.

When we feel we have been duped, mistreated or there has been an injustice, we react with emotion. How long might it take for a similar level of opposition to publicly surface regarding the proposed Lower Churchill transmission line through two of Newfoundland and Labrador's national treasures? There is no outside enemy driving this specific transmission line idea, it is being considered with the support of our provincial leader and energy corporation, NALCOR.

It would be a sorry sight to envision - driving through either park, and you want to stop to get a photo of a valley, or mountain range, but this eyesore of metal and wires ruins the idea of an 11 x 16 framed picture of that scene. A traveler might think, "how could they let this happen!"

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