A habitat could be on the line
That's because general plans for the 345-kilovolt route, known as the V-Plan and including a connecting line into Oklahoma, appear to take the line through prime nesting and breeding habitat for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken in both states.
With an estimated two-thirds of the unique bird's original habitat already eliminated by development, officials warn that further encroachment could place the bird on the nation's endangered species list.
September 5, 2010
by John Green
in The Hutchinson News
Sparks igniting over site for power project and lesser prairie chicken
For nearly three years, Sue Selman has been closely watching plans for development of new high voltage transmission lines in southwest and south-central Kansas.
Unlike many who see development of the lines as a potential boon for the wind industry and the state, the northern Oklahoma ranch operator is watching with trepidation, and working hard to influence where the lines will eventually go.
She's not alone. State wildlife officials and conservation advocates also plan to weigh in on the lines siting when a proposal finally reaches regulators.
That's because general plans for... [continue via Web link]