MATL gets okay to do work in wetlands area

A Canadian company that has seen several roadblocks to its plan to build a private high-voltage transmission line in northcentral Montana finally got some good news recently.

MATL L.L.P., which garnered state and federal approval to build the Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. 230-kilovolt international power line between Great Falls and the Canadian border got the green light to do temporary construction in wetlands on Jan. 20.

The state Department of Environmental Quality had approved MATL’s permit, labeled a certificate of compliance, in 2008, but it prohibited MATL from conducting construction within 50 feet of a stream or wetland.

The right-of-way passes through mostly farmlands and over coulees in Cascade, Teton, Pondera and Glacier counties in Montana and continues to Lethbridge, Alta.

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