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Cedarville couple to oppose transmission line

A Cedarville couple will be at a Thursday meeting to oppose a plan by Clean Line Energy Partners for a transmission line across Crawford County.

State Rep. Charlotte Douglas and State Sen. Bryan King will host the meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mulberry Senior Center located on U.S. 64.

“There are many questions to be answered,” said Larry Prater, who along with his wife Janice, owns 256 acres in Crawford Crawford.

“We all like clean energy,” Prater said, “but I think the high-voltage power line should be put underground. I’m sure you understand the many advantages of underground protections for power and energy sources.”

Plains and Eastern Clean Line will have control of a 200-foot path across the state, Prater said. “There will be no building of any kind,” he said. “Therefore, it will lower the value of the land if it was put up for sale on the open market.”

The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is an approximately 700-mile, direct current transmission line project that would transmit up to 3,500 megawatts of clean power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to Arkansas, Tennessee and other markets in the Mid-South and the southeastern United States.

The study corridor of the 750-mile line shows a band of intersecting routes, which begins at Guymon in western Oklahoma, entering Arkansas just west of Cedarville. It skirts Interstate 40 to the north until it nears Russellville. From there it travels due east, then veers northeast from around Bald Knob to Newport. From there it resumes an easterly route to Memphis.

“I love this land,” Janice Prater said. “As proof, I operated the farm, cows, commercial broiler house, sheep, goats and all for six years while Larry served as a state representative from our district. This was done with all intentions of leaving a piece of God’s green earth to our children and grandchildren when we leave this world.”

Following a light dinner and refreshments at 5:30 p.m., Clean Line has been asked to give a short presentation on the project starting at 6 p.m.

Donations will be accepted for the Mulberry Senior Center.

Douglas said more information on the project is available at www.plainsandeasterncleanline.com.

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