East side power line wrong

Posted on June 25th, 2007

By Don Sullivan

Source: Winnipeg Free Press - Letters to the Editor

The July 21 editorial, Tilting at windmills, makes an uninformed statement. The notion that hundreds of kilometres of newly constructed high-voltage direct current transmission lines down the east side of Lake Winnipeg would be a passive exercise borders on the absurd.

First, hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of primary intact boreal forest would need to be permanently removed and toxic pesticides would need to be applied regularly to keep the transmission towers free of re-growth.

Second, newly minted transmission lines would devastate critical habitat for the last remaining herds of threatened woodland caribou on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

Finally, increased pressures on other wildlife and their habitat would result due to increased traffic from snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicle traffic that would surely follow as a result of building what amounts to an off-road highway.