Thursday, September 05, 2013
Save the Ozarks will hold a public meeting in the Auditorium in Eureka Springs at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 6. A number STO officers, members and supporters who attended last week's hearing before the Arkansas Public Service Commission on SWEPCO's proposal will offer brief personal accounts of the hearing. A question and answer period will follow.
The APSC hearing, which took place in Little Rock at the APSC Building in Little Rock, began on Monday, August 26, and was continued, not closed, at the end of the day on Friday, August 30. It is anticipated that the Administrative Law Judge will issue an order early this week requiring the attorneys for SWEPCO and STO to file legal briefs and perhaps to hear oral arguments.
Following last week's meeting, Mick Harrison, STO's lead attorney, said, "The hearing in Little Rock before the Commission went very well from STO's perspective." He also noted that "Persuasive evidence was presented demonstrating that the proposed extra high voltage 345 kV line is not needed to solve any real reliability problem or need for more electric power."
STO Director Pat Costner said, liThe evidence SWEPCO submitted for this hearing and the responses of their expert witnesses during cross-examination has further strengthened our confidence that APSC will not approve SWEPCO's proposal."
STO anticipates that they will hold a second public meeting later this month with Mr. Harrison as the featured speaker.
For further information, contact Doug Stowe, 479-981-1416, or Pat Costner, 479-253-8440.
About Save the Ozarks: STO is a non-profit group formed by landowners, business owners and others who oppose SWEPCO's proposal, retained a legal team -- two attorneys and two paralegals -- to represent them before the APSC, and hired experts in three areas -- the need for the project, its impacts on the karst terrain of the Ozarks, and visual impacts of the project.
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