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Utility giant AEP has proposed an extra high voltage power line bordering Pea Ridge National Military Park in Northwest Arkansas. As you know this is one of the best preserved battle field parks in the US. The AEP/SWEPCO power line would require power poles twice the height of our tallest oaks and a right of way equal to the width of a twelve lane highway. The Department of the Interior has informed the Arkansas Public Service Commission of their firm opposition to this project, in part because of it passing between two areas of the park, and through portions of the battlefield that are included in expansion plans and have yet to be acquired. The AEP/SWEPCO attorney responded to this letter, that “it would take an act of Congress” to prevent them from having the right to traverse and thereby desecrate these lands.
I ask that we give them that act of Congress. I have begun lobbying with our Arkansas Senators and Congressmen to put forth legislation to make the purchase of lands to preserve the full battlefield for future generations.
It would also be helpful for us if your members were asked to go to stoplines.com and note their opposition to the battlefield being desecrated by power lines.
American Electric Power Corporation, parent company of their SWEPCO subsidiary, claims as one of their key corporate values, that of Citizenship, which they describe as “developing a sense of community among all those they encounter.” Would it not be a better expression of the values of citizenship and community to assist the National Parks System and the people of Northwest Arkansas in the vigorous protection of all the land associated with this historic battlefield rather than to battle before the APSC for its destruction?
Pea Ridge, as you may know, is one of the best preserved of all National Battlefield Parks in the US. But it will only continue to be what it is, by a vigorous defense of it. I hope you will join us and help us in its preservation.
Thank you for your careful consideration and all that you do.
I also enjoy your posts, but you need to write more of them.]]>