Save the Ozarks follows a three-part strategy to stop SWEPCO’s 345 kV Shipe Road – Kings River transmission line project:
- Inform the public about the size, scope and status of the project, its environmental impact, economic costs and whether it is necessary to meet growth and reliability as claimed. Save the Ozarks pursues this strategy through our website, Facebook page, flyers and other informational materials, public meetings and rallies, distribution of Stop SWEPCO yard signs, participation at area farmer’s market and festivals, letters to elected officials and newspapers, guest editorials, press releases, a speaker’s bureau, and the e-newsletter, Power News.
- Participate formally in the decision-making process of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Save the Ozarks is represented in APSC proceedings by a legal team and a team of technical experts that have provided evidence and legal arguments to the APSC that have been sufficient to lead the Commission to confirm our claim that the need for the proposed transmission line has not been proven. To support our technical and legal arguments, Save the Ozarks has elicited greater involvement by other state and federal agencies, including the US Army Corp of Engineers, the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Commission.
- Advocate for local energy self-reliance, emphasizing residential and commercial solar energy and energy conservation as the means for meeting energy needs so there will never be a need for extra-high voltage transmission lines.