Letters — June 6

June 5, 2014

By Contributor

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PSE power lines will lower property values

Puget Sound Energy plans to more than double the power lines in height and in voltage will not only increase the potential ills effects on our health in Olympus, but will destroy the natural beauty of our area.

Our skyline will be blocked by these ugly structures, and the property values will impact not only the homes by the power lines, but for the entire area. Keep in mind that property values are not isolated, but reflect the demand for housing and the prices that future homeowners will be willing to pay.

PSE’s unattractive power lines will deter many from buying homes in our area, so it behooves us all to get involved and fight their intrusion in our lives.

Carmen Cieslar

Olympus, Newcastle


Power-line project is just all-wrong for Olympus

In the 27 years I have lived in Olympus, I’ve known seven people with cancer — and five lived along the 115kV power lines we have currently — my own electromagnetic fields study. We have paid property taxes since 1929 on their easements without compensation. HUD and some will not loan or provide mortgages to homes with high-voltage power poles nearby that could fall over and hit them. Ninety-five-foot to 125-foot poles will hit a home in Olympus if they fall.

Crazy that they design to wind and ice conditions and not as concerned with earthquake damage — especially along a gas pipeline and along a major earthquake fault line. Of course, PSE says it will be around for years — does it matter to any of us when dead if PSE is around? They will spread the cost of any catastrophic compensation they have to pay to all their ratepayers — because they can.

People have no voice. PSE is like running into a brick wall. If you aren’t a bird, fish or tree — you don’t count. PSE holds all the cards — they can do what they want and will — and we have to all pay the price for their profit. They never compensate — unless they condemn your property — which they keep reminding us!

They are almighty, can do no wrong, they are a large business and get a free pass. People can’t oppose them; the cities won’t stand up to them or the state. They are a privately owned Australian company profiting from us.

If they don’t condemn my house for this project — I should just feel blessed to stay in my home that I have spent 27 years making it me. They could never pay enough for my upgrades — roofing, siding, deck, kitchen, bathroom remodeling, carpeting, yard, natural habitat and beautiful view of Mount Rainier, and all the wonderful neighbors I have had over the years. It makes safety, health, views, quality of life seem insignificant just to be able to continue to live here. So, is this where PSE wants us to get in the process? The wearing down of human beings.

Sue Stronk



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