Now with the eclipse behind us I think most folks will want their transparency back. They want transparency in their eye-wear, their relationships, from their politicians and from the big power company who, if it gets its way, will be usurping the spirit of the Constitution in order to take their private property for a capitalist venture rather than a public works project. That company is Transource. If it succeeds, it will be tearing a path 130 feet wide through Southern York County in order to tap cheap power for Washington D.C. and the surrounding suburbs. The resulting clear-cut right-of-way will leave its mark primarily on farms in agricultural and environmental preserve easements. But, is Transource being transparent in the process?
In response to questions asked of Transource representatives at their open houses, Carole Long felt her questions “remained unanswered," Steve Tracey commented that, “you couldn't really get specific answers to questions” and Delores Krick, president of the York County Farm Bureau, was told, “you have electric, other people should too.” Perhaps Rick Abbruzzese of the Baltimore PR firm KOFA Public Affairs – hired by Transource - wasn't around clear the fog?
Project director for Transource, Todd Burns, says, “Transource's approach is to include all input from landowners and concerned residents.” Notice the recognition of two categories; those who own property who will be directly impacted, and concerned residents who may just be near the proposed route. Sadly for the concerned residents, many of whom are within several yards of the proposed routes and would likely see diminished property values, Transource neglected to send any notice at all. And why wouldn't Mr. Burns want to brag about the projected $600 million in savings over the next 15 years? Maybe because someone might get a calculator and find out that 60 cents per rate-payer, per year won't even buy you a pair of paper solar eclipse glasses for 2024.