Senator Fasano Supports Adjustments to Powerline Legislation

February 15, 2005

State Senator Len Fasano (R-East Haven) joined a bi-partisan coalition of legislators at a press conference today calling for adjustments in legislation regarding Phase II of the 69-mile Middletown to Norwalk power line. The current law that passed last May required high voltage lines to be buried underground where technically feasible, but the power companies have resisted, claiming that burying the lines would negatively impact reliability. However, a recently released KEMA report stated that an additional 20-24 miles, between Middletown and Milford, could feasibly be buried.

“This has always been about the safety and rights of Connecticut citizens in the impacted areas,” said Senator Fasano. “Study after study has indicated that overhead power lines could have severely damaging health affects and the KEMA study reveals that indeed burying this stretch is feasible. We have to continue to put pressure on the Siting Council as well as the power companies to act in the best interests of the families that would be impacted by these intrusive overhead lines.”

The Legislators released a list of possible provisions to the current legislation, including one that would alter the makeup of the Siting Council so that no member would have any past or present affiliation with a utility company. Also included is a provision that would establish a fund equal to 50% of the lobbying fees paid by the Utility Companies to be used by the affected towns.

“The towns are the ones most affected and they do not have the financial resources to compete with the utility companies. I, along with legislators from both sides of the aisle are going to continue to fight to ensure that the legislation we passed last spring is accurately and properly enforced,” continued Senator Fasano.