Expert Witness Testimony to the PSC on Behalf of DALC and WWF
LAST PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY
PSC PUBLIC HEARINGS -- This is the last opportunity for public comment before the PSC issues a decision! We need you to show up and generate a large crowd to show that we are fervently opposed to this transmission line!
Tuesday June 25th, 2019, 2pm and 6pm
Youth and Ag Center Auditorium
Grant County Extension
916 Elm Street, Lancaster, WI
Wednesday June 26th, 2019, 2pm and 6pm
PSC Hearing Room (S105 1st Floor)
Public Service Commission
4822 Madison Yards Way
Thursday June 27th, 2019, 2pm and 6pm
Dodger Bowl Lanes Banquet Hall
318 King Street, Dodgeville, WI
Learn more about the proposed schedule for filing testimony, exhibits, and hearing by reading the CHC Public Participation Timeline Spring 2019
Every step of the way the opposition to this line has been well-reasoned, salient, passionate and widespread.
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Articles and Useful Links
Construction of a huge, expensive new high capacity transmission powerline is being planned by the American Transmission Co. (ATC). This line would damage a 125 mile swath of the unique driftless area of Southwest Wisconsin and commit rate-payers to higher monthly bills for years to come.
The proposed corridors lie completely within the Driftless Area, the Midwest’s most unique eco-region and special scenic landscape. This area is recognized internationally and by the Departments of Natural Resources in four states as a region of critical conservation opportunity and concern. It contains multiple rare habitats and is the largest contiguous area of fish and wildlife habitat in the Upper Mississippi River basin area.
The mission of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC) is to maintain and enhance the health, diversity and beauty of Southwest Wisconsin’s natural and agricultural landscape. This proposed new high capacity powerline severely threatens the heart of the Driftless Area negatively impacting the three qualities DALC is mandated to preserve. Therefore, after thorough investigation, DALC has concluded it must oppose the construction of this powerline.
Powerline Proposal Details
• Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) would be a high-voltage 345kV transmission line supported by 17-story tall towers.
• It would run 125 miles from the Cardinal substation in Middleton, WI to the Hickory Creek Substation in Dubuque, IA.
• It’s estimated to cost at least $500 million plus financing costs with a mandated 10.2% ($50 million or more) annual rate of return for the developers. These costs would be borne by the ratepayers over the anticipated 30-40 yr. lifetime of the line.
• ATC profits solely on the construction and maintenance of powerlines whether they are needed or not. They have every incentive to simply build new infrastructure regardless of need.
Rationale for Opposition:
The DALC Board of Directors has retained the services of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a highly reputable Midwest non-profit environment and natural heritage law firm to guide and assist DALC in developing and carrying out a strategy to inform the public and Wisconsin policy makers of the negative impacts inherent in this proposed project. DALC has also hired a community organizer to coordinate its efforts to prevent the construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line.
Wider Community's Response
It’s becoming increasingly clear to conservation groups, businesses, and municipalities that this proposal is a bad idea. It will not serve the public’s best interests nor promote the health, beauty and diversity of the Driftless Area. Numerous groups have expressed opposition and many have formally passed Opposition Resolutions including many municipalities, conservation organizations, businesses and school districts. These resolutions have been submitted to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission as opposition across Southwest Wisconsin continues to grow.
Concerned individuals and organizations such as Driftless Defenders, Western Dane Preservation Campaign and SOUL of Wisconsin are coming together to oppose this expensive, unnecessary powerline expansion. A strong, united voice will be needed to convince decision-makers this project does not serve the best interests of our communities. Our opposition coalition continues to grow and we welcome you to be a part of it.
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