Save the Ozarks (STO) sought and was granted intervenor status in the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s proceedings for SWEPCO’s application for approval for the Shipe Road – Kings River Project.
STO challenged the need for this transmission line project in our petition to intervene and has continued to emphasize this key issue in expert testimonies, cross-examination of SWEPCO’s witnesses, and subsequent submissions.
Among more than 30 other intervenors opposing the project, STO is the only intervenor to bring expert witnesses:
- an expert transmission line planner to analyze and disprove SWEPCO’s claims that there is a public need for the 345 kV transmission line;
- an expert hydrogeologist to discount the utility company’s claims of no significant environmental impacts; and
- a visual impacts expert to rebut SWEPCO’s claims of no significant aesthetic impacts.
If STO had not intervened and challenged the need for SWEPCO’s Shipe Road – Kings River Project, the transmission line would, in all likelihood, be under construction today.
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