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Jefferson Co. voices opposition to plans for new power line

November 01, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday offered another round of opposition to the proposed high-voltage power line that could cross through the county.

Allegheny Power officials said recently that possible routes for the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) have been eliminated in Washington County, Md., and Berkeley and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandle.

But the line could still cross through Jefferson County, Allegheny Energy officials said.

The commissioners agreed Thursday to send a letter to Allegheny Energy asking that Jefferson County be removed from any considerations for a PATH line.

"There is no benefit from the project to Jefferson County. There is little apparent benefit for the state of West Virginia," the commissioners' letter to Allegheny Energy states.

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Four Eastern Panhandle residents concerned about PATH met with a West Virginia consumer advocate and Allegheny Energy and American Electric Power officials Monday morning at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center north of Shepherdstown, said Patience Wait, one of the residents.

The southern end of Jefferson County, from the Virginia line near Summit Point to the vicinity of Keyes Ferry Acres, is in a study area, the residents said in an e-mail sent to The Herald-Mail.

Allegheny Energy spokesman Allen Staggers said this week that that maps showing new routes could be released around Thanksgiving.

Wait told the commissioners she hopes another meeting like the one Monday can be held before Allegheny Energy moves forward with the project. She said the meeting would offer residents a chance to give input on new proposed routes.

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