KUAF’s Jacqueline Froelich has a report on another simmering power line controversy. It concerns a big line proposed by Clean Line Energy Partners to carry wind-generated energy from Oklahoma to the Tennessee Valley Authority. The $2 billion line would cross Arkansas, though the precise route isn’t set yet. A federal regulatory agency still has the idea under review.
Froehlich finds Republican Rep. Charlotte Douglas concerned about the line and taking of property for it. You might recall that Republican legislators came late to the grassroots battle against a SWEPCO transmission line through the scenic Ozarks.
Such legislators weren’t much in evidence, I must note, in the futile fight to stop a SWEPCO coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County, a dinosaur of an idea that even Texas didn’t want. When you generate electricity, big and ugly power lines come, too. Just an FYI for the GOP’s power line environmentalists.