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Arkansas - Opponents vow to keep fighting, despite a judge's order allowing construction of a power company's transmission line.
Arkansas-Opponents vow to keep fighting, despite a judge's order allowing construction of a power company's transmission line.

An Administrative Law Judge in Arkansas approved Southwest Electric Power Company's plan to build a high-voltage line, spanning 56-miles through Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri.

The judge recommends a route which crosses into Southern Missouri for about 25 miles.

The project would involve clearing out a 150-foot-wide path for the line, and installing 150-foot-tall towers.

Opponents say the effects will be massive.

The group, "Save The Ozarks" plans to appeal the judge's ruling and must do so by February 17, 2014.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission and SWEPCO said the project is necessary for the additional power needs of the region and to solve overload on existing transmission lines.
A SWEPCO spokesperson released this statement,

"We know this was a carefully considered decision after a lengthy review process with extensive public participation. We are certainly aware of the many concerns about this project. We will work hard to complete the project in a responsible manner that will minimize the impact while serving the needs of electric consumers across the region."
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