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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    Farmers, power developer at odds over health & other effects of high-voltage line*

    * Anyone know anything about this topic? I'm the first generation off the farm on my dad's side in, like, forever, so I naturally stand with the farmers and their concerns on the matter - plus, I've read more than a few negative things about the effects of high-voltage lines on both people and animals. But, really, I don't know a whole lot at all. Help if possible.

    Farmers, power developer at odds over high-voltage line (Topeka Capital-Journal)
    A plan for high-voltage power lines will drive farmers out of business — or provide rural counties with a needed source of revenue, depending on who you ask.

    The line, called the Grain Belt Express, would transmit about 3,500 megawatts of electricity along 600 kilovolt lines.
    The company estimates the line and new wind farms supplying it will create about 5,000 construction jobs and 500 long-term operations jobs, and deliver enough power for about 1.4 million homes.
    Farmers who live near the line’s proposed routes, however, are skeptical of benefits Clean Line has promised to Kansas and worry additional lines in their area would limit their ability to work their land.

    Richard Strathman, who has a $2 million operation raising dairy heifers, said he worries the electricity from the lines will disturb the cows so they won’t lay down when they need to and will cause them to give less milk.
    “I’m very concerned how it’s going to affect the (cows’) pregnancies,” he said. “This thing has the potential to put me out of business.”
    Director of development for the Grain Belt Express project Mark Lawlor said direct current lines don’t give off stray voltage like some other types of lines, so neither people nor livestock will be in danger.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    In the Boonies of Louisiana
    Very interesting to me as I live in a rural area and have great respect for those who still farm or raise cattle knowing how much work goes into it. I'll have to go read up on this and then come back with more of an opinion.


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    I do know that even very low voltages (stray voltage) is very bad for cows. in fact anything that makes a cow uncomfortable is bad. (about half my life was on dairy farms)

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