More Hydro lines planned for southern Manitoba

Landowners opposed to the proposed Bipole III route across southern Manitoba are calling two meetings next week to alert farmers to additional Hydro transmission lines planned for the region.

“What many landowners and farmers in southern Manitoba who may not be impacted directly by Bipole III do not realize is that their land and their farms may very soon be crossed by other transmission lines currently being planned by Manitoba Hydro,” says a release issued by MLA Blaine Pedersen and Bipole III opponent Karen Friesen.

“There are at least three more new transmission lines that will traverse prime farmland within the next few years and the landowners have not yet been notified,” the release said.

One export transmission line will run from the Dorsey Station located on the northwest side of Winnipeg to the U.S. border. As well, there will be another line running from St. Vital to Letellier and another from St. Vital to Steinbach, the release says.

“These lines will pose the same concerns to landowners that Bipole III will pose,” it said. “There will be several hundred more farms affected in Manitoba by Hydro development in the very near future. Yet very few of these landowners have been contacted by Manitoba Hydro.”

The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. in the John Henry Hall in Niverville and 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 in the St. Claude Community Hall.

The featured speaker will be Dave Core from the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Association.

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