From an email of a concerned Eastside citizen to PSE that awaits an honest answer:
“Don’t you believe in your heart that high-voltage power lines are dangerous? Would everyone who works at PSE allow their children to play under a power line all hours of every day? Would everyone at PSE agree to live under high-voltage power lines; especially those who are pregnant? Would everyone who works at PSE choose to walk, hike, play, live under lines without a care in the world about the effects? That is what you expect from us!
“Shouldn’t we start reversing this? Why are we littering our environment with unnecessary and debilitating power lines when there are other viable long-term solutions? PSE could be innovators and set the bar for the rest of the area!
“The process we are going through seems backward. If you worked at Amazon, you would see a great practice of understanding the customer need and working backward into the solution. They perform research and due diligence prior to proposing a solution. I think it is a best practice! That said, I am deeply concerned about the number of people and amount of effort to make decisions with the lack of data provided. The due diligence [by PSE — ed.] comes later, after all the neighbors fight it out with no information. We don’t know what we don’t know and PSE isn’t able to answer (or from the North meeting Workshop #2 documentation, refuses to answer) the questions to the level of detail most people desire to make decisions about their homes and communities. In all honesty, I would sincerely and deeply appreciate studies performed in advance of us moving further from the mandated agencies which PSE must comply to.
“It seems like a small investment compared to the current efforts.”
Thank you, well said!
The fact is, the self-serving “experts” at PSE don’t know everything but act as if they do. They have set, pat answers for every question. Their “public outreach” in reality is one big, phony, evasive sales job.
We all deserve a MORATORIUM on this project until all facts and issues are honestly investigated and disclosed by independent, credible sources. At a minimum, this project should be put on hold for as long as necessary until we are assured all reasonable alternatives to corridors and technologies PSE wants to use have been thoroughly vetted. PSE has had three years to plan the project and launch its PR campaign; those of us who will have to live for decades by whatever decisions PSE plans to make on its own deserve equal time.
At least PSE has been honest enough to admit that all their public shows about citizen input is something they can completely ignore come site selection time (Wappler, 4/21 “Q&A” meeting at Renton Technical College). The “CAG” process is a charade.
AND there is this: We have been informed by electrical engineering experts that the proposed PSE project isn’t necessary and/or better routes exist. PSE admits there is indeed a “short-term” solution that could put this monster project off for as much as five years, but they want “a bigger solution” for all the hassle they’re going through now so the monster poles and wires can remain into “2030 or beyond.” (Wappler, 4/21 “Q&A” meeting at Renton Technical College).