If you have ever - or are thinking about visiting the Beautiful Blackwater Valley
then please take a little time to read this & add your voice to our protest.

We all appreciate the need for infrastructure, but the alternative is simple.
Bury the lines underground!

Help us say No to Electricity Pylons in our Valley !!!!

  Do we really want these
monstrosities crossing over
our beautiful river?

  The Blackwater is known as the "Irish Rhine"
  because of the beauty surrounding its
  majestic valley & meandering course.

  Eirgrid are responsible for the electricity
  distribution network in Ireland.

  They are planning on a grid route along
  or across the Blackwater Valley.

  This has been brought in through the back door
  with little or no publicity or opportunity for the
  people of the area to have their say.

  There is a public consultation period
which ends this coming Tuesday,
November 26 at 17.00

  Please help us by adding your voice and input
  to this process

Otis Ferry (Son of Roxy Music's Brian Ferry) fished with us
in 2010 & knows the beauty of the valley. He emailed me:
Dear Ian.
I hope your keeping well. i don't have much time to write,
but a short email is better than nothing given the timeframe.  You will be aware of the pylon threat in the backwater valley, and I wondered of you would use your influence and contact database to get the message out to your regulars and one time visitors that its vital they write and object within the next week if you wish to save the landscape.
Your webpage would be a good start as it already
champions the beauty of the valley..............................

What you Need to do NOW please................

All submissions should be sent immediately via Rethinkpylons.org
deadline has now been extended by Eirgrid until 5pm Tuesday 7th. January, 2014, which gives everybody a little more time
The more submissions the better, each letter has to be unique so it would be fantastic to get as many people involved as possible so that
we have a chance of burying these pylons, and saving our beautiful landscape.  

If this website causes difficulty to send submissions, please send them direct to:
John Lowry (Eirgrid): gridlink@eirgrid.com       & copy to     Minister Pat Rabbitte: pat.rabbitte@dcenr.gov.ie

Below are some sample letters that may be of some use.  Please feel free to modify & use as you feel appropriate!

To:  Mr. John Lowry, Project Manager, License F5007, Eirgrid PO Box 12213, Glenageary, Dublin 4

Re: Objection to Grid Link corridors in particular at K3, K6 & K19, and also at K11, K12 & K13

Letter 1.

Dear Mr. Lowry,
I object to the proposal to place 400kV pylons and overhead wire along planned Route Corridors K16, K21 and K22 of the Eirgrid, Grid Link Project.  
The wildlife that surrounds the Blackwater is a true testament to the wonderful environment we find ourselves in. The otters, the wild salmon, the Whooper swans 
(protected species under the Annex 1 EU Directive on birds) that inhabit the area are rare and should be protected. 
Hence, the fact that the Blackwater valley is also recognised by Waterford County Council as a Visually Vulnerable Area, the most sensitive landscape designation available.
I fear the erection of the pylons, I do not want to have to live in fear of my home that I have lived in all of my life.  It sickens me that this is a possibility.  
The pylons must go elsewhere where they do not aesthetically destruct the environment and the views that lend themselves to such a unique landscape.  
There are other options, these option must be sought out i.e. going underground.  27-60m pylons are not an option as far as I am concerned, this is the same view shared by my surrounding community.  
The welfare of our children are at stake here, and the magnitude of the financial damage to our homes unbearable.  
I fear that this is know by Eirgrid, hence the deception of hiding the plans from us and not advertising in our area which will be effected in such a despicable way.  
This is in violation of the Aarhus Convention, hiding this information was immoral and unacceptable.  I urge you to thoughtfully reconsider the route and take into account the effects on our beautiful Irish landscape.   
Please confirm receipt of this submission to my address below.    Yours sincerely

Letter 2. (Courtesy of Rob Jones, Devon)
Sirs,  The preferred Grid West Pylon Route passes through unspoilt Irish countryside and river valleys which as a tourist visitor to these areas 
I object to strongly when there is an underground option available. I object to the proposed pylons on these grounds: 
- Visual impact on the countryside
- Noise pollution 
- Impact on wildlife and farm animals 
It is established fact that high transmission loss from overhead cables makes the underground option which is more efficient in those terms less expensive in the long term 
and furthermore is less expensive to maintain having no overground infrastructure.  
If the total cost of the overground proposal, construction, compensation etc and including costed damage to the natural environment and consequent loss of tourism income 
is taken into account it is unlikely that underground cables will in the long term be more expensive.
Accordingly I urge you to run the cables underground.
Letter 3. (Courtesy of Edward Prentice, Guernsey)
Sirs,  I am a frequent visitor to Ireland to enjoy the salmon fishing. I have fished the Cork Blackwater, the Moy and other waters frequently over the last ten years 
and I am astounded that the Irish government should be so lacking in environmental awareness and business acumen as to even consider destroying the Blackwater Valley by constructing hideous pylons.
The value of my individual contribution to your economy might be small but when you add it to the large sums spent each year by visiting anglers to the Cork Blackwater  
I believe you will find that the value of angling to your economy needs to be taken into account  when projects to diminish the beauty of the Irish countryside are considered.
The average overseas angler will use Irish airports and seaports  and pay taxes for that dubious privilege, will buy petrol and pay the Irish government VAT,will pay for hotel accommodation +Vat, 
will purchase meals in restaurants +Vat, will contribute to employment in the area, will spend money to keep your distilleries and the Guinness symbol of Ireland in profit +VAT.
I fish all over the world but concentrate my salmon fishing in Ireland and Scotland. Scotland recognizes the value of angling to its tourist industry. 
It appears that the short sighted Irish government chooses to ignore the value of tourism and particularly angling tourism in this most beautiful part of Ireland.
I understand that the Irish government seeks to export electricity to England by using the proposed pylons.This is blatant greed on the part of the government 
who I suspect will rue the day they ruined the Blackwater Valley.
I urge a rethink of this pylon politics policy  and look forward to receiving an acknowledgment of this e mail.

ReThink Pylons.org   Myriad reasons why this project should be stopped.

No Pylons.com    With Breaking News that Eirgrid will now look into underground options as the row deepens.

BREAKING NEWS: EirGrid ‘will look at’ underground pylon plan as row deepens - See more at: http://nopylons.com/breaking-news-eirgrid-will-look-underground-pylon-plan-row-deepens/#sthash.aa0gj3zK.dpuf
BREAKING NEWS: EirGrid ‘will look at’ underground pylon plan as row deepens - See more at: http://nopylons.com/breaking-news-eirgrid-will-look-underground-pylon-plan-row-deepens/#sthash.aa0gj3zK.dpuf

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