Quebec government greenlights aerial Hydro power line in Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Opponents of a new Hydro power line in Dollard-des-Ormeaux have lost their fight to have it built underground. 

The Quebec government has given Hydro Quebec the greenlight for the controversial project.

The upgrade plan means the three km power line will connect sub stations at Sources Blvd. and St-Jean Blvd and should be in place in about two years. 

The environment ministry said in a statement that the province's environmental watchdog approved it and several issues raised were addressed by Hydro Quebec. 

DDO mayor Ed Janiszewski told CJAD 800 News they were told an underground line would just cost too much.

"Elsewhere in the world, underground is common, very common, and we can't afford it. It's difficult to understand," said Janiszewski.

"It's a bit of a disappointment but it's something we've expected for awhile now."

Janiszweski said the writing was on the wall came when government officials suggested two weeks ago the project was going through and his requests for meeting the environment minister were ignored.

"It says they didn't want to waste their time arguing with us because their decision had been made at that time," said Janiszewski.

There'll be a liaison committee involving the city and residents.

"In the past, their liaison committees were to decide what kind of shrubbery you wanted," said Janiszweski, "so I'm not very optimistic that this is nothing more than lip service."