KNWA: Kids and Parents Protest ‘Say No to SWEPCO’ [Video – 2 minutes 30 seconds – viewable below] GARFIELD, AR– SWEPCO is planning to construct a new high-voltage transmission line, crossing areas of Benton, Carroll, and surrounding counties.
Students and parents of Garfield Elementary School held a protest on Saturday. With them, the city’s mayor spoke out against SWEPCO’s proposed route for a new transmission line.
Mayor Laura Hamilton said, “Overall we feel it’s not good for what Arkansas stands for. We are the Natural State and they want to come in and put a 150-foot line through all of our forestation.”
Missy Seamster says her ten-year-old son, Duncan, is afraid of what might happen. Seamster said, “It’s devastating many people’s property and just ruining things. They are high voltage lines. They emit high voltage that make people sick and animals sick and we are very concerned. We feel it’s just not needed.”
According to plans, the transmission line would run a couple hundred feet behind Garfield Elementary School, but that wasn’t a part of the original approved route.