CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Thursday night Transource Energy representatives were on hand to listen to comments from residents in Franklin County about the proposed transmission line.
“This is the phase of the project where we want to make sure we're identifying study segments, taking public comment on those things before we make any routing decisions,” said Todd Burns, the director.
PJM Interconnection identified areas with concerns of the delivery of the electricity in the region. Transource's goal is to relieve congestion in the power grid and to provide customers in the area with cheaper electricity.
“The project has a huge economic benefit for the people in this area. There’s an electrical bottleneck that prevents people from having access to lower costs of electricity, so that's one of the things that's driving the project,” said Burns.
The west segment of the project includes 25 miles of line connection between Shippensburg Pa. to a substation near Smithsburg Md. Rod Cross serves as the president of the Falling Spring chapter of Trout Unlimited.
He says he came to voice his concerns about possible disturbances between the Falling Spring Stream, where the lines could possibly cross paths.
“I've talked to them up there at the map and we talked the length about different sections of the streams and they already marked exceptional value areas, so I know there very well aware of the protections that are in place,” said Cross.
The proposed structure is a double circuit lattice that is approximately 135 feet in height. Transource officials believe receiving public input is important to determining where they will place their lines. And for cross, he believes compromise is vital.
“This could work out, I mean sewer lines and water lines and roads have been put in and developments and you know with proper planning it could be done the right way,” said Cross.
If you have any questions or want to comment you can do so by visiting this website: TransourceEnergy.com/projects/independence