Thursday, June 13, 2013
Inspiration Point and Grassy Knob fire departments are on record in opposition to the proposed high voltage transmission line, and this week Holiday Island Fire Dept. Chief Jack Deaton wrote to the Arkansas Public Service Commission to add his department’s disapproval of the line’s erection.
“The Holiday Island Fire Department expresses opposition to the proposed Shipe Road-Kings River 345 kV transmission line project.
“It is our belief that if this proposed project becomes a reality, the impact to the Ozarks will be devastating. Our department has been involved with the National Firewise Program for 10 years, a program that encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, developers, firefighters and many others in efforts to reduce the risk for wildfires. If this project goes through, any steps that have been taken to reduce these risks will be wiped out because of the potential dangers that accompany such a project.
“Access to much of the area is limited and as a small volunteer department, our resources and man power are limited as well. A wild land fire that occurred during or after construction would easily deplete our resources along with those of the surrounding departments.
“As important as the potential for fire danger is, just as important is the effect it will have on the people who live here. The “unspoiled” beauty and serenity is what attracts people to the Ozarks. Many who came here to vacation ended up staying because of the naturalness that surrounds them. If you allow trees to be replaced with 180 ft. towers and electrical lines, you’ll destroy all that has made this area what it is. Once that happens, tourism will decline, property values will fall and folks who rely on visitors will lose their businesses and many will be forced to leave.
“The Holiday Island Fire Department strongly encourages the Commissioners of the Arkansas Public Service Commission to deny SWEPCO’s application.”
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