Pylons, property rights and a protracted process appropriated from the processors of good cheese

February 18, 2010

Alf has a great deal of sympathy with the farmers who look determined to block Transpower from their properties in South Canterbury.

It’s all about the bloody great pylons Transpower must plant and maintain on private properties so we can all get our electricity, plug in our PCs, read this blog, and so on.

Underpinning the stand-off, it seems, is a point of principle: Transpower wants to pay a one-off lump sum by way of compension for its use of private property. The farmers want an annual rental.

But the parties seem to be taking a helluva long time to reach an agreement.
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Power play in the Waikato – Steve Meier is not the only farmer Transpower must settle with

January 27, 2010

Alf sympathises with farmers in the Waikato who are warning that an $824 million pylon project due to start next month may lead to standoffs between farmers and Transpower.

He’s not so sure about Matangi farmer Steve Meier, who single-handedly seems to have kept thousands of people without power the other day because of his run-in with Transpower.

As the Herald reports today –

A fire in a shelterbelt of about 50 of Mr Meier’s pines on Monday, believed to have started when lines above them arced, cut power to more than 50,000 homes from Waikato to Cape Reinga.

When Alf first saw him on the TV news the other night, Meier looked decidedly bellicose – rabid, even.

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Polluter-pays idea wins strong support

March 30, 2009

Farmers should take heed of survey findings which show they are way out of line with public opinion on who should pay for excess greenhouse gas emissions.

The findings aint good for rural folk: the survey found 80% of business people believe polluters should pay.

That’s not the sort of thinking which farmers – many of them, anyway – will want gathering much traction as they press the Government to go easy on them with any emissions trading regime.

More dismaying, the survey found scant support for the idea that large emitters be given much of a break.
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