Monday, February 2, 2015

Power Line Opposition Grows

Sequoyah County Commissioners last week joined the Cherokee Nation and Arkansas governments in opposition to the proposed power transmission lines planned through the area by Clean Line Energy. The power lines would transmit wind-generated electricity from western Oklahoma to the Tennessee Valley Authority. The power would not be available locally. Jim Rogers, District 3 county commissioner and chairman of the commission, said the commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 26 to sign a letter of opposition to the proposed line, and send the letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Rogers said those in opposition to the power line are concerned about property being split by the power line, by decreasing property values and marketability, health issues including one family whose daughter has a pace maker and can't even have a cell phone close to the pace maker site, and for how the power lines will ruin scenic views. Rogers said one man in favor of the line, who said he is not employed by the company, argued the power line will be delivering green, or non-polluting energy, which will benefit future generations. Rogers said those opposed to the power lines said Clean Line Energy seems more interested in greed than need.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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