The Dairyland Power Cooperative, the smaller partner in the Cardinal Hickory Creek line, is borrowing tax money and comment events are required and going on now. Rural Utility Services is behind a federal loan for $25,000,000 to help build the transmission line. RUS is supposed to support rural internet and alternative energy but now they are doing this. They must conduct a process leading to an Environmental Impact Statement which they will retire to build the power line. They have hired SWCA, environmental consultants to help with this. They must record and take into account all written comments and yours are needed. Here are several ways to do this. Every step we take can make it harder to build this thing.
December 7th 4pm to 7pm Public meeting at Deer Valley in Barneveld for results of the scoping results.
January 7th End of public scoping period. All comments and form due.
Email a comment to the Rural Utilities Service. Sample letters below can be used to get you started.
Mail a postcard to the SWCA. Click here to download a PDF.
Participate in the EIS: Download this form and fill it out. Bring it to the public meeting. PDF form of Environmental Impact Study
Negative Environmental Impacts
I am concerned about the impacts the Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project will have on our local wildlife and environment. Vermont has wonderful cold water creeks and adjacent wetlands
that are home to native brook trout and endangered species such as Blanchard's Cricket Frog and Blanding's Turtle. The transmission line would also impact habitat areas of oak savannas which are home to
bird species like Loggerhead Shrike, Henslow Sparrows, and a variety of neo tropicals that use the township as a summer home. Butterflies like the Regal frittallary and Karner blue are seen in the uplands and wetlands that could be damaged by the clearcutting necessary for the installation and maintence on these huge towers. The hawks and eagles that regularly hunt over the driftless cliffs here can be killed or hurt impacting the towers or lines.
Lack of Alternative Options and Reduced Need
I am concerned about the lack of alternative energy options being considered in the Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project. Large scale energy transmission ties us to the use of out-of-state power generation and overlooks the better option of local alternative power generation and conservation measures. I have also seen studies that show flat or declining energy use in our area.
Negative Economic Impacts
Vermont Township is a beautiful place to live and visit. Many people visit to ride our roads, hike our trails and fish our waterways. The towers and clearcutting necessary would be a blight on the scenic views and enjoyment of the natural landscape.
Fill out the form below and write your personal comments and/or cut and paste from the sample text.
Or print out and mail to:
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Attn: Cardinal Hickory Creek EIS
200 Bursca Drive
Bridgeville, PA 15017