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Keep Cell Towers Out of State Parks

Do you want to see cell towers rising in our state parks and forests? The General Assembly in Hartford is considering a bill that would allow it. Connecticut Audubon Society thinks it’s a bad idea.

Do you want to see cell towers rising in Connecticut’s state parks and forests? Connecticut’s General Assembly in Hartford is considering a bill that would allow that to happen.

 thinks it’s a bad idea.

A provision in a bill now before the General Assembly, An Act Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Laws (SB 447), would allow communications companies to build towers in state parks and forests, with the approval of the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

This would fundamentally change the current state practice of not allowing towers on watershed land, state parks or state forests. Passage of the provision would lead to the construction of communications towers that would seriously damage wildlife habitat by causing forest fragmentation; cell towers are also a hazard to migrating birds.

The bill was recently passed by the Energy and Technology Committee, though not without dissent caused by the cell tower provision. It may soon come before the full General Assembly for a vote. You can read more about the proposal and the debate, here.

Let your representatives in Hartford know that this provision is a bad idea. Ask them to strike it from the bill. Tell them, “I am opposed to the provision in SB 447 that would allow cell towers to be built on state parkland.”

You can find your local representatives, and their contact information, on this page: http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/townlist.asp

Connecticut Audubon Society is following the progress of several other bills in Hartford as well. You can learn more on our new Tracking Legislation webpage,here.

The full text of the bill is here.

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Kendall Svengalis April 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Yes, cell phone towers should be built in state parks and forests where their addition would help communication. This purist mentality of the Audubon Society and those who take their marching orders from them stands in the way of sensible steps to improve communication. There's a big difference between love of the environment and environmentalism as religion. Unfortunately, many of the dues-driven environmental groups have fallen into this category, using environmental scare-mongering to fill their coffers, and pay the high-priced salaries of their directors and employees. This leads them to promote such contradictory positions as the irrational drive to limit the C02 that feeds plant growth and helps feed the world. There is no proof that C02 is more than a negligible influence on climate, that being largely a consequence of the sun, the earth's orbit, its axial tilt, its precission wobble, and the effect of cosmic rays. In the 20th century, the only period during which there was even a correlation between CO2 and warming was from 1978-1998, and that was mostly coincidence. The reason CO2 was singled out by radical environmentalists and politicians anxious to prove their environmentalist bona fides was that it can be used as an instrument of control over our lives.
Kendall Svengalis April 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Cap and trade, for exxample, would have added $3,000-$4,000 to every family's energy costs by 2030, and for what? To control what is largely beyond man's ability to control? The global warming crisis is the greatest scam in history. For further information, read: Lawrence Solomon's "The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria." But having failed to pass Congress, cap and trade is now being implemented by the radical and unelected EPA, a reflection of the autocratic Obama regime.
constance stripling April 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
O.K. O.K. .....Diguise, build underground, build new, build more. Believe me , I am not the tipping point, we ALL are. As for those who believe the enviornmental crisis is nothing more than a political tactic to control us ever more, I give up. Those folks need to go for a long hike off a short glacier.
Jay R. Worsham May 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Good point about not hiking alone. Bear in mind, though, that sometimes one may take short stroll through the woods on a nice day -- not a HIKE deep into the forest -- without having a companion along. Also, there will never be a cell tower prominently in view at the top of Kent Falls. Let's keep the arguments real.
Sas May 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Seriously....it's a hike. We've been doing this since the beginning of time. Leave your phone at home and figure out a plan or stay home with the darn phone. There has to be more pressing issues on the table. In the 50's we carried refs whistles.......you could hear them all over the forests and they never lost their signal.

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