Arkansas Public Service Commission Extends Transmission Line Hearing

Sep 3, 2013

The Arkansas Public Service Commission is allowing further information to be presented by both sides of a dispute, concerning a transmission line in the northern part of the state.

Southwestern Electric Power Company has construction plans for a 60 mile line in Benton and Carroll Counties. Doug Stowe, a Save the Ozarks board member, says the utility companies saw the previous hearing as a meeting to determine which route would be used.  He says the opposition saw things differently. 

Stowe tells member station KUAF, "from the stand point of Save the Ozarks, the hearing was to determine whether the project was necessary...if it is needed."

Residents from both counties have voiced concerns about the transmission line. The judge will consider an updated application by the electric company and testimony from the opposition.