HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has scheduled four additional public input hearings to gather public input regarding electric transmission line applications and other related filings submitted by Transource Pennsylvania LLC (Transource) – to be held in mid-September in Franklin and York counties.
The hearings will be held at the following locations:
Franklin County Public Input Hearings
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
New Franklin Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall
3444 Wayne Rd.
Chambersburg, PA 17202
York County Public Input Hearings
Thursday, September 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Airville Volunteer Fire Department
3576 Delta Rd.
Airville, PA 17302
PUC Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) Elizabeth H. Barnes and Andrew M. Calvelli will preside over the public input hearings, which were scheduled following new filings related to Transource applications involving transmission line construction projects in York and Franklin counties.
On May 15, 2018, Transource filed 133 Eminent Domain Applications pursuant to 15 Pa. C.S. Section 1511(c). Forty were to acquire rights-of-way and easements across lands owned in York County and ninety-three applications were to acquire rights-of-way and easements across lands owned in Franklin County. Also on May 15, 2018, Transource PA filed two zoning exemption shelter petitions regarding the proposed substations at Furnace Run, York County and Rice, Franklin County at Docket Nos. P-2018-3001883 and P-2018-3001878, respectively.
The purpose of additional public input hearings is to provide those landowners affected by the eminent domain applications and those entities or persons opposed to the zoning exemption shelter petitions an opportunity to testify and submit exhibits regarding these additional applications and petitions (now consolidated to PUC Docket No. A-2017-2640195).
The ALJ’s are offering landowners further due process. Some landowners who were served with eminent domain applications have not yet testified at a public input hearing and may not have received adequate notice to understand they could do so. Even those individuals testifying before, who may have been focused on different issues, will have another opportunity to testify as to an eminent domain application or shelter petition regarding their property rights.
Earlier this summer, the PUC conducted eight public input hearings in the two impacted counties, which drew a total audience of nearly 1,000 concerned residents and more than 200 speakers. The ALJs encourage those who may be interested in testifying again to not duplicate testimony or evidence already in the record.
Offering Comment at a Hearing
Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings and provide comments. Their testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.
The PUC offer tips on how to participate, including:
Prepare what you are going to say beforehand. Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
Bring copies if you are attending an in-person hearing. If you have a written statement you would like to give to the judge, please bring copies for the court reporter and other participants.
Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.
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Docket No.: A-2017-2640195