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Niyol transmission line gets initial OK from Logan County planning board

The permit would be for part of a 35-mile-long, 230kV electrical transmission line that will connect the Niyol Wind Farm near Fleming with the North Yuma Substation in Yuma County. Twenty-three miles of the line will be in Logan County, along County Roads 26 and 87.

Citizen group gets three provisions attached to permit request

NextEra Energy’s transmission line for the Niyol Wind Farm project was given a conditional recommendation Tuesday night.

The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to forward Niyol’s conditional use permit to the Logan County Board of Commissioners with a recommendation for approval with a few new conditions attached.

The permit would be for part of a 35-mile-long, 230kV electrical transmission line that will connect the Niyol Wind Farm near Fleming with the North Yuma Substation in Yuma County. Twenty-three miles of the line will be in Logan County, along County Roads 26 and 87.

The requested permit is for a project connected to, but separate from, the permit granted in June to build 89 wind turbines near Fleming that will supply power to the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Tony Gerk of Fleming, representing Concerned Citizens for a Safe Logan County, Inc., presented the commissioners with a list of nine conditions the group wanted attached to the transmission line permit. After grilling Niyol Project Manager Jennifer Herron on the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Citizen group gets three provisions attached to permit request

NextEra Energy’s transmission line for the Niyol Wind Farm project was given a conditional recommendation Tuesday night.

The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to forward Niyol’s conditional use permit to the Logan County Board of Commissioners with a recommendation for approval with a few new conditions attached.

The permit would be for part of a 35-mile-long, 230kV electrical transmission line that will connect the Niyol Wind Farm near Fleming with the North Yuma Substation in Yuma County. Twenty-three miles of the line will be in Logan County, along County Roads 26 and 87.

The requested permit is for a project connected to, but separate from, the permit granted in June to build 89 wind turbines near Fleming that will supply power to the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Tony Gerk of Fleming, representing Concerned Citizens for a Safe Logan County, Inc., presented the commissioners with a list of nine conditions the group wanted attached to the transmission line permit. After grilling Niyol Project Manager Jennifer Herron on the recommendations, the planning commission rejected all but three of the them as unnecessary or already addressed in NextEra’s operational plan.

The three conditions the commission adopted were:

  • Only the one transmission line can be built in the easement corridor; future transmission lines or pipelines can be allowed only after new permits are awarded, new easement contracts are negotiated and additional payments made to landowners;
  • Landowners must get 15 days advance notice on beginning of construction on their properties;
  • NextEra must regularly clean up litter and refuse left in the easement.

The 90-minute public hearing was quiet, with only one person speaking briefly, besides Gerk and Herron. The Niyol project has been opposed by residents in the area west and south of Fleming. The Concerned Citizens group had previously sought to have a long list of provisions attached to the special use permit to build the wind towers, but those were whittled down to four safety provisions.

The citizens’ group has since filed suit in district court to challenge the original permit approved by the county commissioners for the wind towers, charging that the permitting process is flawed. The Journal-Advocate has not yet been able to obtain a copy of the filing but continues to try to do so.

The permit application for the transmission line will be forwarded to the Logan County Commissioners for another public hearing and possible final approval.


Source: https://www.journal-advocat...

AUG 19 2020
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