Clean Line Wind Project To Proceed

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U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. delivered an early Christmas present to Houston-based Plains and Eastern Clean Line on Thursday (Dec. 21) by striking down a complaint by Arkansas landowners that a $2 billion wind-power, high-voltage transmission across the state went beyond legal authority of federal law and deprived them of due process.

Just more than a year ago, two landowner groups, using the names Golden Bridge LLC and Downwind LLC, brought the case to federal court to protect property rights and interests of member landowners along the entire route of a proposed 720-mile project across the heart of Arkansas, including several pristine streams and watersheds.

In March 2015, then-Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz used “Section 1222” of the 2005 Energy Policy Act to green light the project that Clean Line officials say will deliver 4,000 megawatts of low-cost wind power from Oklahoma’s Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast.  MORE

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