A meeting of landowners, and other residents affected by construction of a proposed energy transmission line across northeast Kansas is planned Saturday evening in Seneca. A local group will energize and coordinate efforts to oppose the proposal, which would come into Washington, and across Marshall and Nemaha counties. Some 20 speakers were among several hundred people in attendance in Seneca recently at the first of four hearings hosted by the Kansas Corporation Commission, which is charged with approving or denying the route application. The chairman noted that it was the largest turnout he’d ever seen for a K.C.C. meeting.
Emotions ran high as those opposed cited potential health concerns, impact on agriculture, livestock, and land values, and environmental impact. Several were critical of a limited time frame to prepare challenges. Public announcement came earlier this year. Others, including company representatives building the line, highlighted the potential economic impact, through land leases, construction and maintenance jobs, as well as the impact of delivering Kansas wind energy from the southwest part of the state to more populated eastern U.S. markets.
The meeting Saturday evening will focus on efforts to oppose the line locally, and begins at 7 pm at the Settle Inn meeting room in Seneca. For information call 785-336-3663. As well, public comments may also be submitted to the K.C.C. before 5 pm August 28. The application and supporting testimony is online at http://kcc.ks.gov.