Dual Purpose for Fundraising Ride Along Proposed Transource Line

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA (Aug. 10, 2019) — Transource opponents are offering residents an opportunity to ride along the proposed high-voltage power line route next month.

Participants will see first-hand the agriculture lands, waterways, recreation areas, and bucolic vistas affected by the line placements.

Proposed Power Line Route
Proposed Power Line Route

The fund-raising ride takes place on Sept. 22.

Transource® is developing an “Independence Energy Connection” (IEC) project — a new overhead electric transmission project it says will increase consumer access to more affordable power in the Baltimore-DC area.

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The project puts a 135-foot tall high-voltage transmission line through Franklin County from Shippensburg to the Maryland line.

The proposed Transource project might reduce rates for D.C. area residents by a small amount, opponents claim, but would cost Pennsylvania residents in higher rates and lowered property values.

Opponents in Franklin County object to the path the proposed eight-story high voltage line would take. It slices through prime farmland, crosses a popular trout stream and runs south next to Falling Spring Elementary School.

On September 22, Franklin County Visitors Bureau and Franklin County’s Stop Transource are organizing a ride along the proposed power route. 

Beyond the direct impact on the quality of life, the project will have a negative impact on businesses along Route 30 and I-81 as well as property values, according to organizers.

29 miles of transmission lines, 5 - 7 towers per mile, each tower is 135 ft tall (13 stories high)
29 miles of transmission lines, 5 – 7 towers per mile, each tower is 135 ft tall (13 stories high)

The ride is intended to help citizens “Think About Our Future” and to raise funds to continue the opposition.

To learn more about this project, please visit:

stoptransourcefranklinco.organd thinkfranklincountypa.com

To view the bike routes and download the registration form, visit ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com/ride

Get your tickets at: eventbrite.com/e/ride-for-stop-the-powerlines-tickets-65537950775

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