Meeting on proposed SWEPCO line is Thursday

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 ~ Updated 10:23 AM

EUREKA SPRINGS -- A meeting of people concerned about the possible construction of an electrical transmission line across Lake Leatherwood Park and the White River will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at The Space, at the intersection of Spring Street and Pine in Eureka Springs.

The meeting is in response to the application filed April 3 by the Southwestern Electric Power Co. with the Arkansas Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need.

If approved, the application would allow construction of a 345-kV transmission line, approximately 48 miles in length, between a power station being built in Benton County and one proposed to be built near Berryville.

SWEPCO's preferred route goes through Lake Leatherwood Park and across the White River, according to a letter sent to property owners.

The purpose of the new line and power station is to provide increased reliability and overload relief in eastern Benton County and Carroll County, SWEPCO states.

The purpose of Thursday's meeting is to get different groups of concerned residents together to discuss the economic and environmental impact on Carroll County and the response the community is going to make to the Public Service Commission, organizers say.

The Space is located on the second floor above Sweet Spring Antiques on the corner of Spring Street and Pine, across from the Eureka Springs post office.

For more information about the proposed power line and alternate routes, see our report from Friday's CCN at

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