PATH holds open houses; Citizens Against PATH Protest
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by Paul Wilson |
Allegheny Power holds open houses on PATH electrical transmission line; local citizens wonder why we need it?
The first week of December provided interesting open houses fromAllegheny Power for communities that would be affected by their new PATHelectrical transmission lines.
The PATH open houses were evening affairs located in Clearbrook, Virginia; Charles Town, West Virginia and Frederick, Maryland. Paul Wilson of West Virginia Sierra Club and Patience Waite of Citizens Against PATH attended the December 2 at the Stonewall Elementary School, braving cold temperatures, and an equally chilly, evil eye from PATH representatives. Jim Sconyers of West Virginia Sierra Club had a similar experience on December 3 in Charles Town, challenging PATH staffers to name a single benefit of the project for West Virginians. Keryn Newman and intrepid volunteers from Citizens Against PATH passed out flyers to attendees entering the meeting where they were inundated with PATH propaganda.
Many local citizens stopped by Patience’s message adorned car (see above photo) to pick up Sierra Club information on green energy, coal and mountaintop removal mining, plus maps of the proposed powerline routes. Many local Virginia citizens complained that the proposed line would cut through or near their homes and farms, and signed petitions opposing PATH.
The Clearbrook open house also attracted Winchester, Virginia’s Channel 3 news whose local reporter spoke to local citizens as well as Patience and Paul.
Citizens Against PATH (http://www.wvcitizensagainstpath.com/ ) held their own open houses on December 10 and 11 in Jefferson County’s Keyes Gap and Summit Point, both of which are potentially affected communities. Winchester’s Channel 3 News showed up for the Keyes Gap open house, as did an Associated Press reporter.
The CAP open house in Summit Point drew about 50 county residents, plus 2 of the Jefferson County Commissioners. The Jefferson County Commission rented the new Washington High School, which is also near the proposed PATH route, for their own public input hearing on December 16th.
Sierra Club and Citizens Against PATH will hold a public meeting about PATH, on Saturday January 24, 2009 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. More information on this meeting can be viewed on the Sierra Club (http://westvirginia.sierraclub.org/) and Citizens Against PATH websites.