February 2, 2011
Alberta’s landscape is fragmented by a rapidly expanding network of roads, transmission lines, pipelines, cutlines, seismic lines, and other linear disturbance.
Transmission lines, serving the growing energy demands of Albertans, make up a large proportion of this network. Alberta has over 13,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation capacity, delivered by over 21,000 kilometres of transmission lines.
AWA believes that to the extent possible, all new transmission lines must be constructed within existing corridors of disturbance. In all other cases, new transmission lines must be routed to avoid environmentally significant areas including regionally designated areas, protected areas, critical wildlife habitat, intact fragments of grasslands and parklands natural landscapes and AWA areas of concern, as depicted on our Wild Alberta map.
AWA believes the public needs more evidence that decisions regarding proposed transmission lines are being made with public and ecological best interests in mind. As a large portion of transmission lines are constructed across provincial public lands, meaningful and transparent public consultation must take place in which all participants are provided accurate and accessible information.