Petitions against a proposed power line that would cross Washington, Marshall, and Nemaha counties will be presented, along with public comments, Monday evening in Seneca. The event is the first of four scheduled meetings in the state hosted by the Kansas Corporation Commission, which will decide if an application by Clean Line Energy Partners should be approved. The proposal would deliver wind energy from southwest Kansas via transmission lines which would continue east into Illinois and Indiana.
A coalition of landowners, environment, and natural resources, the Cleanr committee is coordinating efforts to derail the plan. They have circulated petitions at area banks, and will include in testimony to the K.C.C. Landowners cite disruption of farming practices, potential reduction in land values, environmental impact, as well as the potential impact on persons and livestock living along the route.
Representatives of the company filing the application will also be on hand in Seneca Monday from 4-6 with detailed maps of the corridor. This public meeting will be Monday evening, 6 pm at the Seneca Community Building. Additional meetings will be held August 14th in Beloit, August 20th in Russell, and August 27th in Kinsley. Written comments may also be sent through 5 pm August 28th to the Kansas Corporation Commission.