Power line to GF still under scrutiny

A small handful of people living along or near the 345-kilovolt transmission line that Minnkota Power Cooperative is proposing to run from Center, N.D., to Grand Forks testified Monday that the project still doesn’t address all environmental or other issues.

Portions of the route were changed late last year, after some testified last summer that the line in Grand Forks County runs too close to, and therefore endangers, a portion of Alkali Flats, a 5,000-acre tall-grass prairie in Oakville Township that provides habitat for the Western Meadowlark, North Dakota’s state bird, and other native plants and wildlife.

“I urge you to reconsider and seek a new route in this last section of the line,” Todd Leake testified at the University of North Dakota School of Law during a public hearing conducted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

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