Federal Trial Over Clean Line Wind Project Set To Begin

A long-awaited trial on the fate of the controversial $2 billion Plains and Eastern Clean Line wind energy project will begin Tuesday when oral arguments are held in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

The case will pit a group of landowners, using the names Golden Bridge LLC and Downwind LLC, against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Houston-based Clean Line partnership that plans to build a high-voltage energy transmission line from the Oklahoma Panhandle across the heart of Arkansas into eastern Tennessee.

The two landowner groups, which were formed last year to protect property rights and interests of member landowners along the entire route of the proposed 720-mile project across Arkansas, had originally filed a complaint with the DOE regarding its approval and participation in the proposed project in March 2015. At the time, then DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz used “Section 1222” of the Congressionally-approved 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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