Here we go — Scoping meetings or environmental review for the “Mankato-Mississippi River” a/k/a Wilmarth-North Rochester-Tremval WI” transmission line. The application:

Another Xcel transmission application filed!

It’s yet another big honkin’ transmission line planned for southern Minnesota, some of which is along “alternate” routes for Capx 2020. CapX was to be the be-all and end-all of transmissison (well, so was Arrowhead), and here we are, too close to a virtual redo. Why? Where’s the need?


The schedule:

Of particular note, what does this do for Minnesota? Transmission, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?

I’m representing NoCapX 2020 and The Prehn Family, because a part of a proposed route goes directly over the big CenterPoint natural gas dome just south of (flooded) Waterville. That little factoid, the location of the dome, locations of the many wells and monitoring stations, were NOT part of Xcel’s application. We did an inventory, and let them know with a rough map:

Xcel did have this to say in a Reply comment — it seems they did do some homework:

All the information in Xcel’s Reply, and more, needs to be in the environmental review and incorporated into not just environmental issues, but because this is both CoN (CN-22-532) and Routing (TL-23-157) dockets, the info must be part of the substantive side as well.

p.s. The Waterville school is flooded. Will post updated location when I get notice.

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