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story.lead_photo.caption A preferred route for the Clean Line Energy Partners project to transmit wind energy enters Arkansas through Crawford County, makes its way through north-central portions of the state and exits at Mississippi County.

Members of Arkansas’ delegation Friday issued a joint statement condemning the approval of a clean-energy project that is expected to cut a path across the state's Ozark Mountain, River Valley and Delta regions.

The U.S. Department of Energy earlier in the day said that its agency would be participating in Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners' Plains & Eastern Clean Line project, which is expected to “tap abundant, low-cost wind generation resources.”

Friday's announcement also marked the completion of a department review into the electrical line plan.

Energy officials say the project will utilize about 720 miles of power lines to transmit 4,000 megawatts of low-cost wind power from Oklahoma wind farms to southeastern portions of the U.S.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, as well as U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman, all Republicans, said the project “marks a new page in an era of unprecedented executive overreach.”

The delegation added that the Clean Line Energy project usurps the will of Arkansas residents.

“Despite years of pushback on the local level and continuous communications between our delegation and Secretary [Ernest] Moniz, DOE has decided to forgo the will of the Natural State and take over the historic ability of state-level transmission control through this announcement,” the statement reads in part.

According to a Clean Line Energy map, Arkansas counties along the project’s preferred route are: Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Conway, Van Buren, Cleburne, White, Jackson, Cross, Poinsett and Mississippi.

A converter station has been proposed by Clean Line Energy in either Pope County or Conway County. It would add flexibility in the delivery of wind energy, according to a project application.

In December, Arkansas’ delegation met with Moniz and issued a joint statement shortly after expressing “serious concerns” that the project would erode local rights, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

“It is our firm belief that the DOE has overstepped its bounds, and reversing this decision through the passage of the [Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land Act] remains a top priority,” the state's delegation said Friday.

Read Saturday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • TheGoodGuy
    March 25, 2016 at 4:15 p.m.

    So, your puppet master, Entergy, doesn't like this so all of you Republipukes are all up in arms over it. I, as a citizen of "The Natural State", like the ideal of clean, renewable energy. Even if it goes across my land. Let it flow. Evil corporations like Entergy need to shut up and quit polluting the planet.

  • Jackabbott
    March 25, 2016 at 4:38 p.m.

    The Emir would not approve the Keystone Pipeline which is mostly underground and out of sight. But he is willing to cut up and abuse Arkansas landscape. Wonder where H and her husband are on this? What is the Obama connection to the owners of those wind farm? Rumors have it that they are campaign contributors. The governor, if we had a strong one, would step into this and delay or prevent it.

  • Libertarian
    March 25, 2016 at 4:50 p.m.

    It's electricity. Why can't they move it over existing power lines??

  • RBBrittain
    March 25, 2016 at 6:32 p.m.

    Libertarian, the lines we have in this country can barely handle local electrical needs. This is a national project; it should NOT be left to the whims of state utility commissions along the way, any one of which could listen to treehuggers making crazy claims that an electric line, say, ruins cows' milk. We had something like this happen in Northwest Arkansas recently, so it's no wonder they don't wanna risk sending this past the same APSC firing squad that shot down the NWA line.

  • carpenterretired
    March 25, 2016 at 9:26 p.m.

    These guys spent years bellyaching and claiming the sky was falling because the Obama administration did not use federal overreach in supporting a Canadian for profit company in use of eminent domain to take private property in Nebraska away from private property owners to move Canadian oil to the gulf coast with the Keystone to be exported overseas , none of that Canadian oil would have benefited people in US except big oil men like the Koch brothers,but then the Kochs picked up the check for electing Tom and the rest of the bunch

  • troutman
    March 26, 2016 at 11:36 a.m.

    If the Koch brothers were involved with this wind project, these guys that claim they represent ARkansas would be tripping over themselves trying to say who supports it the most.

  • nwar
    March 26, 2016 at 1:36 p.m.

    Well said, troutman.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 26, 2016 at 8:51 p.m.

    expressing “serious concerns” that the project would erode local rights
    "It is our firm belief that the DOE has overstepped its bounds, and reversing this decision through the passage of the [Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land Act] remains a top priority,”
    Did the Interstate highway system by Eisenhower erode local rights, what about "Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land Act".
    The backwards GOP wants to strike again to insure we will always stay a backwoods state.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 26, 2016 at 8:55 p.m.

    I like preserving the environment, and clean energy will help, yes there are trade offs, but this is called progress and that's why the GOP is against it.

  • mrkohl
    March 28, 2016 at 6:20 a.m.

    I am embarrassed to be represented by this congressional delegation.