Public Service Commission announces SWEPCO public comment hearings

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has announced public comment hearings in the matter of SWEPCO's application for a 345 kV electric transmission line.

Six alternate routes have been proposed, crossing approximately 48 miles of Carroll County.

Two dates have been set. The first is set for Monday, July 15, throughout the day from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and in the evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., if necessary, and will take place at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks at 207 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs.

The hearing will continue with the same schedule the following day, July 16, if there are people who have not had a chance to comment on the first day.

A similar structure for hearings has been set for Rogers on Wednesday, July 17, at the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, with the same schedule: 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., with an extension to the next day, July 18, if necessary.

The hearing style is expected to offer residents a chance to make their opinions known, and those statements are expected to be recorded, transcribed, and put in the permanent record of public comments for the case before the APSC.

"Representatives of SWEPCO shall be available at the hearing each day to meet with those who wish to make statements and to assist them in locating their property on SWEPCO maps," said a press release on the APSC website.

As of Tuesday, 45 entities had been granted intervenor status, with three pending. Some of those intevenors are supporters of the project, such as the Southwest Power Pool and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, but the majority are opponents.

As of Tuesday, APSC had received more than 4,700 comments opposing the project.

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