November 15, 2017

Goat Rodeo Farm Awareness Dinner

We love what we do at Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy – raising our 100+ goats and making award-winning cheeses that people across Pennsylvania and the region love.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a few years. We have a beautiful 130-acre farm located in a designated Agricultural Zone (AgZone) in Indiana Township, just 10 miles and a short 20-minute ride north of Pittsburgh.

We worked hard to secure this designation. But today, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) is planning new construction of high-power transmission lines and monopoles for its northern region. Our AgZone falls within two routes under consideration.

Respect AgZone is a community group of people, who work and live in Indiana Township’s Agricultural Zone. We’re strongly opposed to Duquesne Light’s routes that cross the AgZone because it will devastate our businesses, recreation areas and the environment.

There is a viable alternate route that makes use of current rights of way and infrastructure corridors, and we’re petitioning DLC to proceed with construction along this eastern route that follows the Pennsylvania Turnpike north to the West Deer area. It is an environmentally conscious route that will save small businesses like ours, recreation areas used by thousands, and 1,000 acres of agricultural land.

The Respect AgZone community organization is doing everything possible to persuade DLC of the Pennsylvania Turnpike route. Turnpike engineers have told us they believe it is a viable, good route. And our state legislator and Turnpike officials are also supportive.

We welcome your support, too! Please visit www.RespectAgZone.org to learn more and sign our online petition to save this treasured farmland a short 20-minute drive to the city. Also, we invite you to write to State Senator Randy Vulakovich and State Representative Frank Dermody to let them know this issue is important to you and it’s the right thing to do (cc Jessica Rock and Zach Merritt of Duquesne Light on your letters).

Thank you,

India and Steve Loevner (Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy)

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State Senator Randy Vulakovich | 300 Wetzel Rd, Suite 302 | Glenshaw, PA 15116 | 412-487-6600

State Representative Frank Dermody | 1331 Freeport Rd, Suite 202 | Cheswick, PA 15024 | 412-274-4770

Jessica Rock, VP | Duquesne Light | 411 Seventh Ave (6-1) | Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Zachary Merritt (Duquesne Light Project Manager) | 2825 New Beaver Ave | Mail Drop N6-CD | Pittsburgh, PA 15233