CapX 2020 steamrolling Virgil Fuchs?

Filed under:Fargo-St Cloud — posted by admin on October 17, 2011 @ 3:45 pm


Virgil Fuchs has been around this powerline concept a time or too.  But it now seems that one of the Permit Amendments that Xcel is requesting for the CapX 2020 Fargo-St. Cloud route would run right over Virgil Fuchs’ land (to see Xcel’s permit amendment requests, go to, then click “Search eDockets” and search for 09-1056).  Announced at this late date, AFTER the permit was granted.  Can you believe??!?!?!

Comment on “Adjustment 13” – Paula Maccabee for Virgil Fuchs

I filed a late Comment – yes, sleeping at the switch, after filing the Hampton-LaX Reply Brief and the Goodhue Memorandum, I’ve been trying to get this house ready, and there’s just too much going on.  Anyway, I heard Virgil speak so many  times, and it was in the last round, the Public Hearings, where he was cut off, and he was cut off because he was commenting and either ALJ Heydinger asked him or Xcel whether it would affect him directly and it wasn’t going to, so he was cut short.  Brent remembers this too.  Hmmmmmmm… So I filed this quick:

NoCapX 2020 and U-CAN Comment re: Adjustment 13

Virgil Fuchs was an integral part of the opposition to the CU line way back when.  He’s been present from the very beginning, during the Certificate of Need meetings, and since then, on pre-application routing meetings, EIS scoping and DEIS Comment meetings, and Public Hearings, and at the Public Hearing he was cut short, ostensibly because he wasn’t going to be affected directly by any of the proposed options.  And now they want a change, to go right over his land!

On November 18, 2010, in Alexandria, he testified before ALJ Steve Mihalchick, who was filling in for ALJ Heydinger, and Mihalchick had this to say:

We should honor the work that your group and others did 30 years ago. One consideration is to use existing RoW, so that is a consideration now. Do we have to consider today’s impacts, where they were 30 years ago?  I’m trying to figure out how to handle it. There’s many many factors that have to be considered, all those things have to be considered.

However, on December 2, 2010, in St. Joseph for the last public hearing, his treatment at the hands and gavel of ALJ Beverly Heydinger was not nearly so respectful.  She interrupted him at least three times, first to find out where the land was that would affect him, the second time to tell him, “You’re losing your audience,” which did not seem to be the case to me, people in the crowd nodding in agreement, and then a third time… sigh… maybe more.


You can get a flavor of what Virgil Fuchs is about here, from GoogleBooks:

Virgil Fuchs Profile – from Powerline: The First Battle of America’s Energy War, Wellstone & Casper

Mike and Paul must be rolling over at this development, lots of seismic activity happening.  Going across Virgil’s land, a second time, after telling him that they would not???  I wonder whose brilliant idea this was?

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