STO’s all-volunteer staff makes every effort to inform and engage the general public, state and federal agencies, elected officials, county and municipal governments, elected officials, and news media in all issues related to SWEPCO’s proposed project.
STO holds public meetings; prepares and distributes fact sheets; meets with civic groups, business groups, religious groups, and other special interest groups; circulates petitions and information at public events; operates a website offering easy access to relevant information; and operates a Facebook page to facilitate information exchange within the public sphere.
STO has ongoing communications with city councils, county quorum courts, state and federal agencies, religious groups, business groups, professional associations, elected officials, and public figures, encouraging them to voice publicly their opposition to and/or concerns about SWEPCO’s plan.
Submission of a record-breaking number of public comments – more than 6,000 – urging the APSC to deny SWEPCO’s application attests to the effectiveness of STO’s public education/outreach campaign.
Another record was broken when hundreds of Ozark residents came forward to state their opposition to SWEPCO’s proposed project at the public comment hearings held by the APSC in Northwest Arkansas.
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