ATC Intervenes in Hampton-LaX

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on May 5, 2011 @ 10:14 am

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American Transmission Company has filed a Petition to Intervene in the CapX 2020 Minnesota routing docket for the Hampton-LaCrosse route.  Hmmmmmmmmm… what does that mean?

ATC Petition for Intervention

Check it out, they say they have an interest, and no other party represents their interest, but can someone tell me what exactly their interest is?

In the present case, ATC has a direct and independent interest in the outcome of this proceeding that cannot be adequately represented by any other party.

As a transmission-owning member of Midwest ISO and an owner and operator of transmission facilities located in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, ATC has an interest in the planning and development of the transmission grid and thus has an interest in the Proposed Project and the outcome of this proceeding. In particular, as a transmission company serving a large portion of the state of Wisconsin, ATC has a unique interest in the regional development of transmission facilities terminating in the State of Wisconsin. Further, ATC recently announced plans to develop an approximately 150 mile 345 kV transmission line from the La Crosse area to the greater Madison area. While not an extension of the Proposed Project, ATC’s planned “Badger Coulee Transmission Line” is also a part of the regional grid development and would similarly provide multiple benefits to the region including improved electric system reliability, economic savings for utilities and energy consumers, and access to additional renewable energy.

Not an extension???  Will someone check the CapX 2020 map?

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Oh, no, it’ not connected… well, there’s the list of CapX Phase I projects from the Minnesota Certificate of Need:

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See that “Columbia – North LaCrosse” line?

May 11, 2005 Capx 2020 Technical Update

And there was another in October too with that same list…

Oh, no, it’s not connected… well, remember that famous Xcel and GRE press release on April 9, 2009?

Xcel-GRE Press Release april 3, 2009 (NoCapX Appeal Exhibit F)

Which says, in part:

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And then there’s the map:

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How stupid do they think we are?

While we’re at it, we might as well go back to the WRAO report, it’s not like this hasn’t been in the works for a while:

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Oh, lookie there, what’s that coming eastward from LaCrosse???  Why, it’s a TRANSMISSION LINE!!!

This has been in the works for a long time, perhaps even longer than ATC!!!

Agency Comments on Hampton-LaX DEIS

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on May 2, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

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A state agency, a federal agency, and one multi-state Commission have filed comments on the PUC’s website docket for the CapX 2020 Hampton-LaCrosse route.  Do take the time to read what they’re saying, it has an impact on the constructability and general workability of route options:

DOT – DEIS Comments

USFWS – DEIS Comment

Mississippi River Parkway Commission – DEIS Comments

There are some phrases in each worth noting.  In the DOT Comment:

We are unable to determine from the DEIS whether all public airports within five miles of the project have been notified and given an opportunity to comment on compatibility of transmission lines with airport operations and land use compatibility.

And the most hilarious part – WAKE UP MOES:

Section 8.2.4.11. Mn/DOT has a design build project on’ US 52 south of Pine Island for a new interchange, realignment of existing county roads, and addition of frontage roads. Known as the Elk Run project, construction on this interchange is currently underway. Although an information box for the Elk Run interchange is indicated on Map 8.2-22, the location is incorrectly identified, and this project is not mentioned in the text of the DEIS. In addition, this project is not reflected in the maps in Appendix A.

And from the USFWS Comment letter:

Section 7.8.5 does not cite the fact that in January, 2010, the Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Wetlands, including the national wildlife refuge and adjacent state-managed areas, including the McCarthy Lake Wildlife Management Area, were designated as “wetlands of international significance” under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty that provides a framework for scientific exchange and cooperative conservation.

And distance from eagle “use areas” is an issue here:

The Implementation Guidance for Eagle Take Permits under 50 CFR 22.26 and 50 CFR 22.27 indicates that because breeding home ranges of bald eagles can extend up to two miles from the nest, new potentially lethal infrastructure should be sited at least two miles away from Important Eagle Use Areas. Therefore, we recommend surveying all areas within two miles of proposed power line routes. Nests of other migratory birds, especially other raptors and colonial nesting waterbirds [e.g., great blue heron Ardea herodias], should also be noted.

And from the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, comprised of representatives from up and down the Mississippi River corridor:

The underground river crossing should not be ruled out as a possibility.  This option would result in the most minimal visual impact near the Mississippi River and Great River Road.  This could also provide an opportunity to partner with other efforts related to river crossings, such as installation of an invasive species barrier.

In addition, because this project impacts the Great River Road National Scenic Byway in two states, we ask that routing and river crossing decision making processes in Minnesota are aligned with processes in Wisconsin…

Hampton-LaCrosse Interventions!

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on @ 5:25 pm

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I quick googled “intervene” to see what’s there and up came this great quote, on a site explaining nuances of English, here explaining the distinctions between “intervene” and “interfere” to non-English speakers (and something we all can benefit from):

‘Intervene’ has got more positive connotations; it has the connotation of wanting to improve a situation, change things for the better.

Yeah, I like that…

The Intervention deadline for the CapX 2020 Hampton-LaCrosse transmission was today, at 4:30.  A couple newbies have joined in,  the more the merrier, the better the record, the more intense the discussion:

Oronoco Township Petition for Intervention

North Route Group Petition for Intervention

Both borrowed liberally from my NoCapX 2020 and United Citizens Action Network Petition, GOOD, that’s what it’s there for, please use it!!!  Will there be more in the mail???  They’re supposed to serve all parties, and we’re a formal party.  We shall see…

Typically, the PUC posts things that come in that aren’t eFiled, and there’s no requirement that Petitions be eFiled, and they may not know to serve all parties, I checked with PUC, should know tomorrow, there may be more.  We shall see… manana I presume.


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