The natural, agricultural, and recreational components of Franklin County tourism play a major role in the $326.7 million in traveler spending annually. The Pennsylvania portion of the Transource Independence Energy Connection Project concerns the Franklin County Visitors Bureau because it will have long-term effects on the view shed and agriculture, which will negatively impact tourism and our local economy.
We have received comments from landowners in Franklin County regarding multiple concerns about Transource’s proposed high voltage transmission line that will pass through approximately 29 miles of Franklin County on the western route of the project. Concerns raised by these landowners include loss of productive land, potential loss of income due to the proximity of the transmission line affecting salability of products, and the hazards of stray voltage.
Farm owners have given up the right to use their properties for other uses in support of maintaining a thriving agricultural industry in this region. Many are now questioning how the Independent Energy Connection project will impact their farming operations and why there are no additional protections or considerations for preserved farms.
The proposed Tansource Independence Energy Connection Project is raising considerable concerns given that it would negatively impact view shed and agriculture. The proposed chain of metal, high-voltage power line towers is distinctly uninviting and counter to what attracts visitors to the beauty of the county.