Thursday, June 06, 2013
A public comment hearing on SWEPCO’s proposal to build a 48-mile-long high voltage transmission line from Shipe Road in Benton County to the Kings River in Carroll County has been scheduled for Monday, July 15 at the Inn of the Ozarks located at 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs.
The hearing held by the Arkansas Public Service Commission will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day with a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m., and recess at 4 p.m. The hearing will resume at 6 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m., if necessary. If there are individuals present at the end of the day who have not been given an opportunity to comment and wish to do so, the hearing will be continued until Tuesday, July 16, with the same schedule.
The public hearing for Rogers is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, at the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas located at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway. This hearing also will begin at 9 a.m., continue with a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m., and recess at 4 p.m., resuming at 6 p.m. and continuing to 9 p.m., if necessary. As with the hearing in Eureka Springs, if there are individuals present at the end of the day who have not been given an opportunity to comment and wish to do so, the hearing will be continue Thursday, July 18, with the same schedule.
The APSC order states that representatives of SWEPCO shall be available at the hearing each day to meet with those who wish to make statements and to assist them in locating their property on SWEPCO maps.
Administrative Law Judge Connie Griffin will preside over the public hearing. People who want to comment will be asked to sign up in advance. John P. Bethel, executive director of the APSC, said a court reporter would record comments which will be a part of the official record, just like comments made by email and by U.S. mail. Bethel said public comments would be considered by Griffin, who will be issuing an order in the case that will then be either accepted, modified or rejected by the three-member APSC.
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