Letter of Opposition from Mississippi River Commission

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on December 28, 2010 @ 2:43 am

Last week, this letter was filed in the CapX 2020 Hampton-LaCrosse transmission line docket (09-1448).  To review entire docket, go to www.puc.state.mn.us and click on “Search eDockets” and search for docket 09-1448.

Mississippi River Parkway Commission – December 16, 2010

It’s about as direct as a letter can get, here’s how it ends:

WHEREAS the cumulative impacts of the location, construction and maintenance of the 345KV lines from Bemidji to Grand Rapids, and from St. Cloud to  Monticello and from Hampton to La Crosse are greater to the byway, its travelers and its resources than each segment individually, and

WHEREAS degradation of the Byway intrinsic qualities jeopardizes future Federal Highway Administration program grants, and

WHEREAS alignments are presented by the CapX2020 study that avoid following the Great River Road National Scenic Byway in Minnesota and Wisconsin, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Mississippi River Parkway Commission strongly supports the Minnesota and Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commissions in opposing the CapX2020 Hampton to La Crosse 345kV high tower transmission lines that follow the Great River Road and support the alignments that avoid this National Scenic Byway.

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