Numbers redux

This time last year, one of Protect Sudbury’s most popular blog posts, Let’s do the numbers, was published. Now that Eversource has filed with the EFSB, here are the numbers, updated with all the most recent information: 3 alternatives in Eversource’s filing to the Energy Facilities Siting Board. “Project” (i.e. underground along the MBTA right … Read more

Keeping momentum

We expect Eversource to file their Environmental Notification Form (ENF) to the Mass. Environmental Protections Agency (MEPA) at some point. Meanwhile, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes. A lot has happened already this year and we’ve lined up plenty to come: The President’s Office: Protect Sudbury president, Ray Phillips, attended the Environmental Business Council’s program on … Read more

The big picture

Sudbury is not alone in its opposition to Eversource. Towns across the region are fighting transmission line projects that have long- term impacts on the health and well being of our communities, threaten water supplies, degrade the environment and adversely affect property values. In each case, Eversource demonstrates it listens with a tin ear. Concerns … Read more

As Eversource marches on…

A very heartfelt Thank You to Susan Iuliano, Bob Haarde, Richard Kanoff, Chris Hamilton, Ray Phillips, Julie Lieberman, Melissa Rodrigues, and Bill Schineller for representing the Sudbury community at the meeting with Eversource on November 22nd. We began the meeting with a few questions: 1. Given the widespread opposition to its proposal to use the MBTA’s right of way … Read more

It ain’t over til the fat lady sings

Drama in the hall The evening of October 26th brought applause, laughs, boos, and children on stage; Eversource was the antagonist, the community was the chorus. On a weeknight evening with several high profile competing events, Eversource came to Sudbury to present to the Board of Selectmen in an open meeting. The turnout from the community was … Read more

YouTubin’ It

The Protect Sudbury outreach video is here! Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who helped make it happen. Please share far and wide. Keep an eye on Protect Sudbury’s web site, Facebook Page, and YouTube Channel for more to come. And to get updates (every couple of weeks – we won’t fill up your inbox), … Read more

Ripples

Throw a rock into a pond and the single splash creates concentric circles, rippling outward. Do a good deed and it improves someone’s day, and the positive effect ripples along, metaphorically speaking. Propose a transmission line project through the heart of a small, semi-rural town, and the ripples just keep coming: a hit on property values, destruction of … Read more

Hearth and Home

The impacts of Eversource’s transmission lines, if the project goes forward as proposed, are many. There’s the environmental impact of clear cutting 82 feet through neighborhoods and conservation lands. There’s the visual pollution of 100 foot tall steel towers, strung with high voltage transmission lines. There are health worries and concerns for our drinking water based … Read more

For the forest

When it comes to Eversource’s Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project proposal, we’re fighting against a corporate giant with deep pockets, rooms full of lawyers, and a laser focus on its bottom line. In this context, it’s easy to fall into the trap of concentrating on what we’re fighting against.  It’s natural to be against hundred foot monopoles … Read more

A Hollow Ring

The euphemistically named “Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project,” has provided us with plenty of opportunity to get to know Eversource in the last month or so. Their powerpoint presentations online and in community meetings are slick and shiny with references to concern for community and environmental impact. Their vegetation management plan runs over a hundred pages and talks … Read more

Truth to Power: Trees not Towers

Welcome to Protect Sudbury blog, a place for information and ruminations about the community and natural areas that we are seeking to protect in response to Eversource’s Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project. The project proposes to cut an eighty foot wide gash of hundred foot poles carrying high voltage transmission lines through the heart … Read more