Petition Launched, Protest Planned Against UI Towers In Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, CT — A Change.org petition has been launched in opposition of the proposed United Illuminating high-powered transmission line in Fairfield, and a protest has been organized for Sunday to ramp up the pressure on UI to cancel the plan.

Sasco Creek Neighbors Environmental Trust, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit group, is spearheading the movement against the plan, which calls for the installation of tall monopoles carrying a 115kV power line along a 7.3-mile stretch through Fairfield and Bridgeport.

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As of Monday, the petition had garnered more than 600 signatures toward a goal of 1,000.

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“If the UI project proceeds as planned, it will unleash profound and irreversible repercussions that will detrimentally affect our local economy, environment, and overall quality of life,” said Andrea Ozyck, an organizer and spokesperson for the Sasco Creek group, in a statement. “Regrettably, the lion’s share of these impacts and costs will be shouldered by the residents, organizations, and businesses in Southport, Fairfield, and Bridgeport.”

Ozyck added, “The dramatic surge in community attendance at the evidentiary hearings has underscored a growing awareness and concern around this project. It would send a powerful message to the Siting Council if this trend continues so I would encourage anyone who is troubled by the project to attend the next hearing on November 16th.”

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Earlier this month, dozens of residents attended an informational hearing about the project, and voiced overwhelming disapproval of the proposal.

Sunday’s rally is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Pequot Library.

Additionally, residents are urged to voice their opposition to the Connecticut Siting Council, at siting.council@ct.gov, attention Melanie Bachman, Executive Director.

For more information, visit the SCNETI website or Facebook page.

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