Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In our struggle against SWEPCO’s unwarranted and destructive power line, it seems that Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is our best friend. It protects valuable historic properties from wanton destruction by governmental agencies or corporations if what they plan to do requires permits to cross government lands or waterways. It seems that if the US Army Corps of Engineers does its job properly, it must be in compliance with Section 106, and cannot, except in the most dire necessity with no reasonable alternatives, allow the power line to be built where it would damage the Trail of Tears or imperil the future of the National Battlefield Park at Pea Ridge.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) asks that where there are concerns, citizens should contact agencies and ask that Section 106 be enforced. Contact Jason V. Gramlich at the US Army Corps of Engineers today! His email is: Jason.V.Gramlich@usace.army.mil
Ask the status of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ review of the Shipes Road to Kings River project and insist that, if the Corps of Engineers has not done a Section 106 review, it must begin that review now. Then ask that the SWEPCO project not be allowed. Insist that it is not needed. Inform them that it would be overly destructive of our natural environment, and that under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, it should not be allowed to damage the Trail of Tears or the National Military Park at Pea Ridge or the rest of Northwest Arkansas.
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