DDO residents mobilize to have Hydro Quebec line built underground

Some one-hundred DDO residents convened at a meeting at the Dollard des Ormeaux Civic Centre’s theatre on May 31, to discuss their concerns of Hydro Quebec’s plan to increase the pylons up to 52 meters in height.

Some one-hundred DDO residents convened at a meeting at the Dollard des Ormeaux Civic Centre’s theatre on May 31, to discuss their concerns of Hydro Quebec’s plan to increase the pylons to up-to 52 metres in height. The meeting was organized by Build it Underground DDO (BIUDDO), a grassroots organization opposed to Hydro Quebec increasing the size of the Pylons to inform other DDO residents of their efforts and future plans to pressure the federal and provincial government to have the lines buried underground.

DDO residents are concerned that the project will negatively impact the environment and the price value of their homes.

“Build it Underground DDO is not opposed to augmenting the power grid,” stated organizer Lynette Gilbeau. “We want the Quebec government to reconsider the project and have the wires built underground.”

The Hydro-Quebec project would augment the power load to 315 Kv, thereby substantially increasing the size of the electricity pylons up to 52 meters. The pylons would stretch 2.7 km, parallel to De Salaberry Blvd.

According to a recent BAPE report, the new-proposed height of the pylons would reduce the property value of the surrounding homes.

Peter Di Leo, who lives about 20 meters from one of the pylons, said that he and his family are concerned that their home will decrease in value because of the new-proposed size of the pylon.

“I won’t be able to sell my home afterwards, because no one will want to live near such a large pylon,” said Di Leo.

BIUDDO organizers urged residents to take action and called on the Couillard government and MNA Carlos Leitão to reconsider the project.

In addition they asked that the Quebec government require Hydro-Québec to re-evaluate the cost to build the 3 km transport line in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux underground.

Yet, Hydro-Quebec has stated that it would be too expensive to build the 2.7 km line underground and that underground wires have a shorter life span.

However, Lynette Gilbeau hopes that Hydro-Quebec will reconsider the project, just like they did with the Northern Pass line, which will now be built underground to protect the forests and wildlife.

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