Terna, a private utility company, 7 years ago proposed a new high tension 380 kv powerline from Fano to Teramo that would pass directly over many beautiful towns and villages in the Le Marche countryside.
Terna has asked for approval from the comunes based on its statistics which show Le Marche generates only about 57% of its electricity needs. The truth is that all this power is being transported from Montenegro & Albenia & shipped to Northern Italy, with no benefit to Marche. There is a decline in energy use in Le Marche over most of the last 5-7 years.
Basically Le Marche is just being 'used' to transport the electricity.
Last year a Macerata politician saw this project proceeding through various channels, without any public information or debate. He went public with it. It has caused an uproar & there is popular discontent & opposition to the project over it's entire proposed 150km length.
However, many locals are not even aware of the project & we must make them realise what may be going on right under their noses. Terna have even said this is one reason why they chose Le Marche. As the locals wouldn't see what was happening until it was too late.
The local comunes had previously been in agreement with Terna and have come to an arrangement, however many Mayors are now doing a u-turn - backing the people as they get to hear of the huge problem. This has previously been kept hidden from us for over 7 years. It has now blown-up in the administration's face & they're racing to annul all prior positive decrees, etc., & to lead opposition to the project in San Ginesio, Gualdo, Amandola, Comunanza & other communities.
Overall opposition is based on three grounds - Health Concerns, Environmental Impact & Economic Impact.
From a health point of view, there are many studies to show that it is dangerous to the heath of not only humans and animals but also insects and crops too. The health implications are very scary and we should not be subject to this.
The environmental impact is very important, as there are may National and EU directives that protect the environment from such projects. These laws CAN be useful and local organizers are seeking assistance from national environmental groups.
The economic impact can be the deal killer. The goal is to give a valuation of damages and losses of properties and businesses that will be so high for Terna, it will force them to consider alternatives or to abandon the project. This, in tandem with political pressure, can be the winning card.
There's now a huge and growing groundswell of opposition both popular and political. This will be tied-up for YEARS, and by most accounts, the proposed plan as currently proposed will not see the light of day.
But, that's no reason for complacency and the groups organizing to defeat the project understand that.
We need to act now and sign to show our disagreement.
Please forward to all your friends, family and neighbours and help us stop this potential disaster. Thank you.
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