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How accurate are the studies for TRAIL, PATH?

We recently learned that American Electric and the other power companies that had been working with them dropped their application with the Public Service Commission to stretch the power line (PATH) from Putnam County on into Maryland.

According to the PSC, “The applicants would discontinue the development of the project because of the current uncertainty as to when the line was needed. They plan to conduct future studies of the need for the project.”

I thought the East Coast was in desperate need of electricity and they needed the hills and the highlands of West Virginia to save them. If not, air conditioners would stop and ceiling fans would fall. On what studies were you basing your need for power to the East Coast when you decided to start the PATH project? Does it not make you wonder if the TRAIL project is needed? What studies did they use to make their determination?

And that brings me to our lovely windmills. I think I saw my first little Dutch girl at sunset. The wind turbines are nothing more than a support system, and electricity output is minimal depending on the wind. And they certainly can’t top the power plants and their output.

If the need for power to the East Coast is uncertain – this according to the applicants of PATH – why do they need the wind turbines? No power lines to plug into? What studies did they base the building of these wind turbines on?

I like The Inter-Mountain’s cartoon about the wind mill in the Feb. 26 edition, “Welcome to Wild, Wonderful Wind Turbine West Virginia!” Think about it. Wind turbines located in Tucker, Grant, Randolph, Barbour and coming soon to locations in Greenbrier and Mineral.

This state will sell its soul to anybody for a buck. The starving dogs that wait for their master to feed them scraps from the table.

So, if the studies were not accurate on the PATH project, and they have to do more studies on the matter, how accurate are the studies for TRAIL or on the wind turbines? Think about it.

Clark Martin