Thursday, June 22, 2017

RespectAgZone Environmental Action

A few days ago, I was contacted by an old high school friend who lives near me in Pittsburgh. He wanted to ask me to get involved with his efforts to save an beautiful and important agricultural zone where he lives in Allegheny County.

This matters to me.



I've visited his home and his lovely farm. I enjoy the trails at nearby Hartwood Acres. I support the local farms who provide fresh food to restaurants in our city.

But these resources are threatened by a Duquesne Light plan to install high voltage power lines in the area.

Take a look at the petition on change.org:

 RespectAgZone
We all need reliable energy. But not when high voltage transmission lines threaten our homes, our parks, our businesses, our animals, and our community. There are other paths to get us what we need with less of an impact. 
In June 2017, Duquesne Light Company proposed to run high voltage lines on huge towers through our agricultural zone in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This agricultural zone is one-of-a-kind treasure near Pittsburgh with clean and green-conserved properties preserved by long-standing efforts in Indiana Township. Our community includes precious few remaining woodlands and farms for all to enjoy.
The 138-kv lines from Pine Creek to West Deer, proposed by Duquesne Light Company, not only disturbs the Rachel Carson Trail, land conserved by the Allegheny Land Trust, but also Hartwood Acres, two FAA landing strips, Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy, innovative science at Near Earth Autonomy as well as many others!
Alternative routes are clearly available. Duquesne Light Company must abandon their proposed routes through our agricultural zone and we need your help.
Join us at RESPECTAgZone in calling on Duquesne Light Company to abandon any attempt to ravage the Agricultural Zone in Indiana Township with their high voltage towers. Choose another route! 
Please visit www.respectagzone.org for more details!
Find us on Facebook and Twitter @respectagzone 
#Dont_Zap_Our_Zone
#Dont_Fry_Our_Farms
I'm asking you to sign this petition. As of today, almost 1000 people have signed, including me. Companies need to know that consumers care about the environmental impact of their actions. Our elected officials need to know we care about our environment. We need to speak up to preserve our communities and look for best practices that don't eliminate precious natural resources. 

I've been reading a lot of Rachel Carson lately, and I know what she would do. She would speak up. She would write something a lot more eloquent than this about than I can. She would bring up the potential for soil erosion, habitat destruction, soil compaction from heavy construction machinery, and encroachment by invasive species. 

Learn more about this issue at RespectAgZone.com and don't forget to sign this petition.