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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Power line builders accused of ignoring community's needs


Alt Tv/Fleet FM Breakfast News Comment
Power line builders accused of ignoring community's needs
Architects of the electricity transmission lines straddling urban Auckland were accused at a hearing yesterday of an "amazing lack of foresight" at the expense of communities now living in their shadow. Manukau City transport manager Chris Freke said those who built the high-voltage overhead lines and pylons in the 1960s and preceding decades failed to make adequate provisions to compensate property owners enough to prevent homes from being built under them. "Transpower is in a difficult position because the people who put the lines in had an amazing lack of foresight and didn't protect property rights," he told a three-member board of inquiry into a Government proposal to enshrine the national importance of electricity transmission in council plans. Mr Freke said his council was concerned that a proposed national policy statement would reduce "what little regulatory tension" existed to require Transpower to address the effects of its transmission network on communities. Fascinating isn’t it – we have a spate of reports showing that growing up near power pylons have serious health side effects on children (and it’s always usually the poor who live beneath power lines which exacerbates health/poverty issues) and here we have Transpower about to have the ‘regulatory tension’ to protect those people being removed. We should force them to bury the cables along motorways and roads, but that would cost the precious mega companies too much money, and where would they find the money to play all those adverts by Jonah Lomu pretending to have a conscience about switching off the power for sick brown people and killing them?

4 Comments:

At 29/8/07 4:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow you're going off without checking the facts here. Transpower is a state owned enterprise:
http://www.transpower.co.nz/?id=4413
Can we expect any vitriol on your part directed at good old Labour in the future. So why aren't you attacking them instead of a 'company' or afraid to attribute blame to where it belongs?

J

 
At 29/8/07 4:35 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Of course they are 'owned' by the Government - but because we have such weak ministers - you know 'free market hands off nonesense', these buggers get to set their own agenda - but hey I'm happy to put the boot into the Government, didn't pick you for more regulation there J, but happy to oblige, im all for more regulation

 
At 29/8/07 5:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't really call Mallard or Cullen weak ministers, not by any stretch, simply disingenuous. They just used the corporatisation model as a way to avoid any political fallout by adopting an arm's length facade. In this case the government is on both sides of the table.

J

 
At 29/8/07 6:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I wouldn't really call Mallard or Cullen weak ministers, not by any stretch, simply disingenuous. They just used the corporatisation model as a way to avoid any political fallout by adopting an arm's length facade. In this case the government is on both sides of the table.
J

To right you are J their not weak, Bomber what wrong with you, you need to tell them how it truely is... dont fuck around with them lol. Sorry J I got carried away, caught in the moment you could say, now where was was i Oh yes, notheir not weak there fucking Pussies, rather line their pockets than give a shit about the people that live under these fucking things... please dont say they would be receiving the seeky envolpe...

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