She is also our Town Planner, despite lacking the educational requirements for it (or at least, the minimum requirements the town demanded until it decided to promote the incompetent in our midst, and waived them).
Kate’s the one who announced at a public hearing on the new FEMA flood zone regulations that her – and thus the town’s – long term goal was to remove every existing building in Old Greenwich’s AE and higher zones. Now she’s praising her fellow Democrat, for joining in the chorus objecting to the Eversurce project to modernize our power grid by running an underground cable from Cos Cob to Greenwich. “Blumenthal: A Voice of Reason on Eversource Plan”.
The environmentalist on the Siting Council, presumably recognizing the associated environmental catastrophes that have resulted in the past from failures of this cable technology, requested that Eversource provide an overhead option through the park. The photo simulations produced by Eversource are unnerving. This option would also devastate our prized public space.
She says that, but does she actually have any facts backing up her claim that such catastrophes have occurred? I could find none.
Google the phrase “underground power cables environmental catastrophe” – you’ll find nothing whatsoever referring to the incidents Blankely claims. In fact, I challenge the lady to provide anything that backs up her statement of “fact”.
The closest thing I could find to an article discussing even an issue with such cables is this mild statement from a German environmental group “Renewable Grids Initiative, hardly a hotbed of evil libertarian environmental rapists:
Environmental aspects of underground cabling
The decision between underground cables and overhead lines comes up at some point during the planning of every new power line. Both options are never without environmental impacts. However, the character and extend of ramifications differ extremely. The environmental composition of a project site should thus be considered in the decision making process.
The major environmental impacts of overhead lines occur when they are already in operation. They are mainly related to birds colliding with the lines as well as the visible effects on the landscape. The most harmful part of underground cables, in contrast, is their installation. During Installation: The civil works during this time can have considerable consequences for the environment. Trenches need to be excavated and access to the construction site has to be cleared for heavy machinery needed for cable transportation and trenching. Animals such as beetles, amphibians, reptiles and bats, as well as plants, such as ferns and seed plants, are particularly affected by the construction works. The construction may also cause soil compaction, which in turn can have considerable negative impacts on biodiversity. Sensitive areas: From an environmental point of view, wetlands, swamps and bogs should be avoided when planning underground cables as these habitats may suffer severe or even irreparable harm. Also, sensitive water flows and archaeological sites should factor into the route planning process.
Land use: After the installation is done there are only minor limitations regarding land use. Agriculture and farming are generally possible on top of the cable trench. However, deep-rooting plants and vineyards have to be avoided to prevent the cables from damage.
People living close to the construction site of a new power line often have concerns about the impacts electro- and magnetic fields (EMF) can have on their health. Both overhead lines and underground cables produce EMF. Underground cables have magnetic fields right above them, but the intensity decreases comparatively fast when moving away from the cable. If required, underground cables can be shielded to further reduce EMF at the surface.
RGI Cable Workshop: “Understanding Underground Cables”, February 2013 in Switzerland
RGI Learning Group: on “Underground Cables” dealing with questions regarding the choice between overhead lines and cables
Greenwich taxpayers hold billions of dollars in real estate investments, and have turned control of those assets to a woman with an educational degree in Pre-School Environmental Studies who is also a liar. This seems like a colossal mistake, and a foolish one.