Northwest Arkansas officials have serious concerns about installing high voltage power lines in the Ozarks
Survey finds members of city councils and Chambers of Commerce see risks as greater than benefits if high voltage power lines are constructed in the Ozark Mountain area
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, July 14, 2014
University of Arkansas researchers have surveyed city council representatives, Chamber of Commerce members, and other `local policy elites’ in 15 cities in Northwest Arkansas about various energy issues in Arkansas. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed feel risks of installing proposed installation of high voltage power lines in the Ozark Mountain area.
Exploring specific concerns, the researchers found as follows:
- 70 percent of those surveyed are concerned that the power lines will decrease property values;
- 66 percent are concerned about environmental degradation triggered by clear-cutting trees for line rights-of-way;
- 65 percent are concerned that the high voltage power lines will threaten tourism and/or other related industries;
- 64 percent are concerned about negative impacts of pesticide/herbicide use on the power line rights-of-way; and
- 51 percent are concerned that electromagnetic fields emanating from the transmission lines will cause negative health effects.
Source: Song, Geoboo, John Kester III, and Rachael Moyer. 2014. 2014 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey (Phase I): Assessing Local Policy Elites’ Opinions on Arkansas Energy Policy Issues. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
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