Published in the Iola Register on Jul. 26, 2013.

Letter to the Editor 7-26-13

Dear Editor,
 Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, a private company, has chosen this area for a High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Line.  It will run from Western Kansas to Indiana for nearly 700 miles. This out-of-state company will be supplying Kansas wind to out-of-state markets. They are seeking final approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). The KCC will accept written comments from the public through August 28, 2013.  Written comments should reference Docket No. 13-GBEE-803-MIS and be e-mailed directly to public.affairs@kdd.ks.gov. or be submitted by mail to the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Kansas Corporation Commission, 2500 S.W. Arrowhead Road, Topeka,  KS 66604-4027 or by calling 1-800-662-0027.
 The KCC has granted this project Eminent Domain Authority. “Negotiations” will commence with property owners for right-of-way, with full knowledge they have the authority to take what they want with force of law. There are several negative factors for communities, not only landowners.  We pride ourselves with abundant wildlife habitat, vistas, and a chosen remote way of life. For landowners there will be liability issues and loss of property values. I believe these towers range from 120 feet to 160 feet.
 Kansas has a long history of harnessing wind power as anyone can see driving through the plains with all the windmill relics. Our forebears knew the power of sustainability and using what was in front of them. Our 4th generation farm has been chosen for this project. We have on this homeplace what we call “the heartbeat of our land,” a windmill that still turns in sync with the Kansas winds.
 I support the development of wind energy. However, I believe in a sustainable in-state plan. Lower electrical rates would boost business in this state instead of sending our precious resource to the east coast through a privately owned company run by attorneys and partners. Whether or not you are a landowner, your life in each of these communities will be impacted. Some I’ve spoken to seem to believe they’ve hit the lottery, but I ask them to see the future of their land. There is the real possibility the Dept. of Energy could piggyback this approval process and properties within a 5-mile radius could be destined for a National Electric Transmission Corridor.
 There is a petition online to sign at www.change.org/petitions/Kansas-corporation-commission-deny-clean-lines-above-ground-high-voltage-transmission-line-3.  Ask the KCC to keep the wind in state or require the lines be buried. This is our paradise. 
 Clean Line will be holding meetings and I encourage the citizens and landowners to attend.
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the meeting  will be held at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit at 6:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, August 20, 2013, it will be held at Ruppenthal Middle School in Russell at 6:00 p.m.
Sincerely,
Susan Inskeep,
Cawker City