Two Takes On Proposed Southwestern Wisconsin Transmission Line
Listen to a re-broadcast of the 6/14 Joy Cardin Show from WPR. Howard Learner of the Environmental Law and Policy Center defends the Driftless at 21:00.
Concerned Public and Wisconsin Policymakers:
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, the highest permitted by Wisconsin state law.
• It would run 125 miles from Dubuque, IA through many vital natural resources conservation areas to supply the substation in Middleton.
• 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.
Concerned individuals and organizations such as Driftless Defenders 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.
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