Farmers, landowners attend Clean Line Energy meeting

Clean Line Energy officials discuss transmission line with landowners
Clean Line Energy officials discuss transmission line with landowners
HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - A meeting to discuss a clean energy source that could run through Poinsett County drew a large crowd at the Poinsett County Courthouse Tuesday night.
The Clean Line Energy project would run from Oklahoma through Arkansas into Tennessee, converting alternating current (AC) to high voltage direct current (HVDC). The Clean Line Energy transmission line is projected to provide enough clean energy to power 1 million homes a year in the MidSouth.
The project got underway in 2009, now, Clean Line Energy officials are working to acquire the right of way for the 700-mile overhead transmission line.
Poinsett County Farmer, Tom Wimpy told Region 8 News that he and other landowners in the county went to the meeting to assess what impact the line would have on their land.

"The area I think is really concerned with how much impact this will have, how it will alter the lifestyle if agriculture production is changed. How it will alter the migration and maybe wintering habitat of ducks," Wimpy explained.

The transmission line is expected to generate 5,000 jobs during its construction. The projected completion date is 2018.

Region 8 News will keep you updated on this story.

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