It takes years to develop a transmission line – and that’s before a shovel ever hits the ground.
For Basin Electric’s Antelope Valley Station (AVS) to Neset line in western North Dakota, it’s been two years of work and due diligence. In that time, Basin Electric has submitted all of the required documents and permit applications, contacted all state, federal and tribal agencies to ensure no significant cultural sites would be impacted by the line, and provided public notices, comment periods, legislative briefings and transparency with the public.
Just prior to the North Dakota Public Service Commission public hearings held in early September, the cooperative was notified by the State Historic Preservation Office that the Center for Heritage Renewal at North Dakota State University (NDSU) was awarded a grant from the National Park Service. Researchers at NDSU received the grant July 13, 2013. They submitted the application for it in January 2013.
To read more, check out the feature story in the November-December issue of Basin Today. Learn about two landowners who would be affected differently by the proposed study, but who have very similar perspectives on how they plan to handle it.