Midwest Transmission Project Causes Concerns for Area Landowner

| January 31, 2013
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Study Area Map courtesy of the Midwest Transmission Project.

Preliminary Route Network Map courtesy of the Midwest Transmission Project.

A partnership project between Kansas City Power and Light and the Omaha Power District will be the focus of a public meeting in Excelsior Springs Thursday. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to company spokesman Bill Musgrave:

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Click to hear Cross talk with landowner Tim Luther:

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The Midwest Transmission Project will construct a transmission line from KCP&L’s Sibley substation to the new Maryville substation and on to a power station located just south of Nebraska City.

Luther, whose property is located three miles east of Lawson, recently learned that one of the proposed routes will place the line just 712 feet from his home and through the middle of his cattle operation. “It was evident from the professionals I worked with at the meeting that they were going to get to know me,” said Luther, “It was pretty scary. Now, somebody’s going to get this line and it’s got to go through. It’s impossible to stop it and that’s not my goal, but with a little common sense maybe we can shape it into the least impact.”

Luther indicated he does believe the company is attempting to work with those affected by the project, but he continues to be worried about potential health effects to his family and a decrease in property values.

According to Musgrave, no final decisions have been made on construction at this time. “We are in the planning stages right now,” said Musgrave, “There is no definite route whatsoever. We have a variety of potential routes that have been posted on our website. It looks almost like a spiderweb of all different kinds of different ways we could build this line to connect the Kansas City area with Nebraska City which are our two end points.”

In response to potential landowner concerns, Musgrave said representatives will be available Thursday evening to address those issues. “I’m not a health expert, but we do have people on our team,” said Musgrave, “”There is an area where those types of questions can be posted on our website and our health and environmental experts would be happy to answer those questions.”

KMZU did request an interview with those representatives, but we have not received a return call at the time this story was published.

Thursday’s event will be held at the Crescent Lake Christian Center from 3:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. More information can be found at the organization’s website.

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