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Task Force Concerned About Proposed Gateway Electric Line

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By Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The task force researching the proposed Gateway transmission line through southern Idaho met with the Cassia County Commissioners.

The task force spokesman pointed out that the environmental impact statement analyzes the future of wildlife in the area. But the economics aren't being speculated on. He explains there's a major move toward power lines being buried underground, which isn't being considered.

Brent Stoker, Chair of the Gateway task force, says, "When you're reaching five, ten years out, odd are with Europeans outlawing overhead lines in many nations over there, the underground is being pushed faster than any other technology electrically speaking out there. I believe in ten years it will not only be viable, but most economical."

You can find out more at the open houses scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, May 13th and 14th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. each day. The Monday open house will be at the Red Lion Canyon Springs in Twin Falls, and the Tuesday meeting will be at the Best Western Burley Inn.

May 6, 2013.


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