Below is pulled from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: 2 Lawmakers Vow to Fight Electrical Line
BILLS PROPOSED TO PROTECT, COUNSEL PROPERTY OWNERS
EUREKA SPRINGS — Two Republican lawmakers plan to introduce bills next year in the state Legislature to make it more difficult for a high-voltage power line to cut through Northwest Arkansas.
Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest and Rep. Bob Ballinger of Hindsville said one bill would make it harder for Southwestern Electric Power Co. and other utilities to acquire property through eminent domain. The other bill would create an independent state Office of Public Counsel, which would provide legal advice and possibly legal services to landowners.
The legislators said they are trying to prevent SWEPCO from building a 50-mile, 345-kilovolt power line through Benton and Carroll counties, from Berryville to Centerton. Many residents, particularly in the Eureka Springs area, have been fighting the proposed power line since it was announced April 3, 2013.