Friday, September 29, 2017

Cherokee Council Turns Down Easement by One Vote

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council voted 8 to 8 Thursday on a resolution authorizing a grant of easement for a transmission line right-of-way across the Arkansas River to Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma LLC.

E.O. Smith of Vian, District No. 5 tribal council member, said the easement proposal was voted down by one vote when Joe Byrd abstained, which counted as a no vote.

“But they said it will be brought back,” Smith said.

Smith had said earlier he hoped the proposal would be tabled for more study, and that he was getting numerous calls on the proposal, some for and some against.

Smith said he decided to vote no on the proposal, and Brian Warner of Sallisaw, District No. 6 tribal council member, also voted against the resolution.

The easement is for a planned transmission line for wind-generated electricity from western Oklahoma to western Tennessee. Sequoyah County commissioners and governments in both Oklahoma and Arkansas have spoken out against the transmission line.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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