ACTION ALERT: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Hearings on “Hiawatha Project” High Voltage Power Lines
January 10th and January 12th, 2012
For the past several years, the Midtown Greenway Coalition has worked with an alliance of other neighborhood and community organizations to oppose the installation of high-voltage power lines in the Midtown Greenway Corridor. See artist’s rendering below.
In 2010, based on the testimony of many individual citizens and the concerted efforts of neighborhood groups, the Midtown Greenway Coalition, the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recommended that if the Hiawatha Project power lines were built, they should be routed underground under 28th Street, not overhead and not on the Midtown Greenway.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will take the ALJ recommendations into consideration, but the Commission has the authority to decide whether the power lines will be built, where and under what conditions. They will make these final decisions in January 2012.
The Commission will hold a public hearing on January 10th in the Large Hearing Room on the 3rd floor of the Metro Square Building, 121 7th Place E., Suite 350, in Saint Paul. The hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. or shortly after.
The Commissioners will first hear from the parties, who include the Midtown Greenway Coalition and many neighborhood groups as well as Xcel Energy, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and several business interests. The Commission will then allow members of the community to speak.
The Commission will hold a second hearing on January 12th at the same place. This meeting will also start at 9:30 a.m. or shortly after. At this hearing, the Commissioners will talk amongst themselves and make their decisions. It is important that members of the community come to this hearing also, so that Commission members will be reminded that they are accountable to the community as well as the utilities.
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