FEIS FINALLY OUT for Hampton-LaCrosse in Minnesota

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on August 31, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

The FEIS is out.  I can’t believe the met the deadline… but we’ll see how it is.

It’s HUGE, best bet is to go straight to the site to check it out, but it’s not posted here yet:


So the only way to find it is to look at the whole PUC docket.  Here’s how:

Go to www.puc.state.mn.us

Click on the blue “Search eDockets” button

Search for docket 09-1448 (year 09, number 1448)

New “need” supplemental report for Hampton-LaCrosse

Filed under:Wisconsin — posted by admin on @ 1:57 pm

Oh, of course, I’m snoozing and they’re working working working making up a new “need” report for the Wisconsin CPCN docket (05-CE-136) to supplement what’s already been filed in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

manurespreaderThere they go again…

Xcel Supplemental Need Study – August 2011

So now let’s divert from writing the MN Hampton-LaCrosse brief and read this crap…


Update on all CapX dockets



Biggest news was the landowner win on eminent domain and Buy the Farm compensation issues.  THIS IS A MUST READ!

Buy the Farm – a landowner win in District Court!

Monticello – permit issued, construction beginning with a bang.  BANG! This video is choice!!!

Brookings – permit issued.  Reconsideration denied.

Fargo – permit issued.  No Motion for Reconsideration.

LaCrosse – MN – briefing, due Sept. 19, IF the agency f/k/a MOES gets the FEIS out by August 31… shall we take bets?

LaCrosse – WI – starting up, extension of permit issue deadline to June 30, 2012.  I’d submitted a Petition for Order Allowing Appearance/Pro Hac Vice and it’s not been issued yet.  WTF? That was a MONTH ago…

Tell Obama what you think about transmission!

Here’s your chance!  Obama is coming to Cannon Falls on Monday morning, the press release says a “bus tour” so does that mean down 52 to 19?


If we can’t get in, we can line the route to let him know what we think about taking people’s land for private purpose transmission lines and his utter lack of a coherent energy policy.

11:45 a.m. the shindig starts in Lower Hannah’s Bend Park in Cannon Falls.

Remember when Clinton came to Carleton?  He flew into MSP and then hopped a helicopter to Stanton Airport.  Initially I figured that’d be how they do it this time, just head east instead of west, but considering that “bus” bit, 52 makes the most sense, and then down 52 to Decorah (so the FAA no fly zone VIP announcement says):

President Barack Obama is planning to stop in Minnesota on Monday to begin a three-day bus tour to promote his economic policies. The White House announced Thursday that Air Force One will land in Minneapolis on Monday morning and then the president will host a town hall meeting in Cannon Falls at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park.
Monday, Aug. 15, 2011:

Lower Hannah’s Bend Park (just north and west of downtown)

Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 – 11:45 AM

Tickets required.  Tickets may be picked up at 1 PM on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at 1 PM at the Cannon Falls City Hal, 918 River Road, Cannon Fallsl.

Only two tickets/person are allowed and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
(Rumor has it only 500 tickets being distributed.)

The bus tour will also include events in Peosta, Iowa, and in western Illinois.

From the White House Press Release:

For security reasons, do not bring bags and limit personal items.  No signs or banners permitted.  All attendees will go through airport-like security.  Due to limited space at the event the White House will only be able to fulfill a limited number of requests for tickets. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.

Peosta, Iowa???  That’s where Art Hughes died!

Request for EIS to “accompany” project denied…

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on August 1, 2011 @ 9:05 am

… sigh…

The EIS isn’t expected to be completed until some time in July… The ALJ’s hearing record closed June 30, 2011.

Here’s the Order filed by the ALJ the second the state closed:

Order Denying NoCapX EIS Motion – June 30, 2011

Here’s NoCapX & U-CAN’s request for the EIS to be part of the administrative process and for comments on it:

NoCapX & U-CAN Motion to Include EIS

Let me see if I understand this… MEPA says the final EIS and comments shall accompany the proposal through an administrative process, and the ALJ in denying this Motion cites her prior order stating that “[t] EIS process is conducted by the Commissioner of the Dept. of Commerce, independently of the route permitting process.”  MEPA was not cited and the specific words of the statute were ignored or disregarded, weren’t part of this order or Memorandum in any way.

OK, once more with feeling:

Prior to the preparation of a final environmental impact statement, the governmental unit responsible for the statement shall consult with and request the comments of every governmental office which has jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental effect involved. Copies of the drafts of such statements and the comments and views of the appropriate offices shall be made available to the public. The final detailed environmental impact statement and the comments received thereon shall precede final decisions on the proposed action and shall accompany the proposal through an administrative review process.

Minn. Stat. §116D.04, Subd. 6a.Comments (emphasis added).

This is applicable not just to the CapX 2020 Hampton-LaCrosse transmission line but EVERY transmission proceeding in the state of Minnesota.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace