Mike Masterson’s column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning addressed SWEPCO’s request for further study time to make their case. An excerpt is below, and the full article is available at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette online (subscription required).
Third ‘Pitch’ Coming
by Mike Masterson
Lots of folks across the Ozarks are wondering just why it is, after more than a year of arguing the supposed need for its proposed mega-voltage transmission line, SWEPCO has asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to suspend its final reconsideration on approval for another six months.
Even I’m curious why the utility company and its parent AEP, and regional transmission supplier Southwest Power Pool, say they need another six months if they’ve supposedly known (yet unsuccessfully argued for 15 months) the purported “critical” need to decimate a 150-foot-wide swath of forest for 50 miles through Benton and Carroll counties. ….