Fullerton, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District will host an open house in Fullerton today to provide information about potential line routes for a 115,000-volt transmission line NPPD is proposing to build in the area.
The open house will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Loup River Inn. It will provide the public, especially landowners whose property may lie within close proximity to the designated alternative line routes, an opportunity to comment and share information with NPPD.
The public is invited to attend the open house at its convenience. It is estimated the average time needed to go through the open house is approximately 20 to 30 minutes, but it is up to the individual how much time he or she wishes to spend.
The proposed electric transmission line will run about 16 miles, generally north and south, across portions of Polk, Merrick and Nance counties. The line will be built between a substation to be constructed south of the Platte River near Clarks and a new Cornhusker Public Power District substation needed to serve a TransCanada crude oil pumping station southeast of Fullerton.
NPPD’s goal in siting a transmission line is to minimize the line’s impact on the general public, property owners, the environment, cultural sites and NPPD customers. Through public involvement, aerial and on-the-ground studies, NPPD and its consultants have identified several alternative line routes for the new line, including a preferred line route, taking into account approximately several dozen factors.
“NPPD relies on an open and comprehensive line-routing process,” said NPPD’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. “We work hard to include the public, especially those property owners and other potentially affected stakeholders, every step of the way. Typically, we steadily narrow the number of options we consider, until we arrive at what we believe, at this time, to be a ‘preferred’ line route.”
This will be the second open house for this project. The first open house, held last October, identified a general study area. Since then, NPPD and its consultants have narrowed or refined the line-routing selection.
The public involvement component of NPPD’s line routing process can include, depending upon circumstances, any number of combinations of open houses, face-to-face meeting with landowners and community officials, and if appropriate, a public hearing.
Agreements with TransCanada ensure all costs incurred by NPPD related to this project will be paid for by TransCanada, even if the pipeline does not get built. TransCanada is awaiting a permit from the U.S. State Department before it can cross the international boundary between the U.S. and Canada.