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Williamsport residents voice concerns about high-voltage line

October 01, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Washington County Commissioners held part of their meeting in Williamsport Tuesday night.

Several Williamsport-area residents attended the meeting to ask what can be done about a proposed high-voltage line that could pass through Washington County.

"A lot of people here are concerned about this power line," said Ron Brais, who lives on Falling Waters Road.

He and other people at the meeting asked the commissioners to help keep the line out of Washington County.

Allegheny Power has proposed several possible routes for the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline but has not selected a final route.

Any route would have to be approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Several routes through Washington County would pass near Williamsport.

Barbara Hovermale asked the county commissioners to set up a meeting between Allegheny Power and Williamsport-area residents, similar to meetings that have been held in Boonsboro.

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The commissioners said they have little power to influence the line's route, but Commissioners President John F. Barr said he will talk to Allegheny representatives about the Williamsport-area residents' concerns.

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