URGENT – Update on CapX LaCrosse

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on February 23, 2010 @ 8:29 am

ATTENTION!!! See PUC Docket for Thursday!

URGENT – donations needed.  Please go to www.nocapx2020.info and use Paypal in the upper right corner to send $$$ towards our efforts.
Or send directly to Legalectric, P.O. Box 176, Red Wing, MN  55066.

Why URGENT?  Because as of today, we’re embarking on the next leg of this CapX journey, and need some support!

A few people have asked for an update on the CapX 2020 LaCrosse line.

NoCapX 2020 and United Citizen Action Network have Intervened and filed several requests:

NoCapX 2020 & U-CAN Comment on Completeness

NoCapX 2020 & U-CAN Petition for Intervention

NoCapX 2020 & U-CAN Petition for Order for Joint Environmental Review

Yes, the LaCrosse transmission line has been applied for:

CapX 2020 LaX Route Permit Page

To see the full docket, thus far, go to www.puc.state.mn.us, click on “Search eDockets” and search for docket 09-1448.

And here is the OES Staff Briefing Papers, just out February 17:

MOES Staff Briefing Papers – CapX LaX

READ THE STAFF BRIEFING PAPERS!  A single solitary task force is recommended for the “Pine Island” area.  There are people in the “Pine Island” area concerned, for sure, but what about Hampton, LaCrescent, Kenyon, Zumbrota… it’s as absurd as their recommendation for the Brookings line of a Task Force for Dakota County only… give me a break.

But that’s not the weirdest part.  They are NOT doing joint environmental review with RUS.  Why not?  Because MOSE might have to do a REAL EIS?  Might have to comply with NEPA?  Oh, no, can’t have that… right…

And what’s going on with that RUS EIS anyway?  Hmmmmm… better check in with Stephanie Strength!  Will report back.

And it’s on the agenda for the Thursday, February 25, 2010 meeting of the Public Utilities Commission meeting.

Gentlewomen, prepare to intervene!

Comments due on CapX St. Cloud-Monticello DEIS

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on @ 7:50 am

Here we go again on one more link in the CapX 2020 chain, chain, chain…

(btw, the common name for this is off-base, electricity goes from St. Cloud to Monticello, not the other way around, so I refuse to use the name they gave it).

Comments are due on the St. Cloud-Monticello DEIS on Friday, February 26, 2010 by 4:30 p.m.

Send Comments to:

OES Project Manager
David Birkholz

You can also send comments through the Commerce Dept. link:


And the DEIS?  It’s more of the same, so Comments are important:


For full docket, go to www.puc.state.mn.us, click “Search eDockets” and then search for 09-246.

This St. Cloud to Monticello process has been more of the same — important comments and information raised at public meetings and Task Force meetings have not been addressed; agency comments have not been addressed (remember the USFWS and DOT fiasco on the Brookings line?); local units of government have not been sufficiently notified of their rights and public participation opportunities… great, just great… here we go again.

SO, it’s important to weigh in here… again…

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace