Energy Department begins regulatory review of Clean Line transmission project

The Energy Department will hold a series of public meetings in early 2013 as part of its review of a proposed high-voltage, direct-current transmission line from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee.
by Paul Monies Published: December 22, 2012

“We think it is a good thing because it allows there to be one overarching process which other agencies we will have to work with, like the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, get input into the process and make sure that what is being studied is going to be useful for the permits that they have to give,” said Mario Hurtado, Clean Line's executive vice president of development.

Meetings hosted

Clean Line earlier this year hosted its own series of public meetings with landowners and local, state and tribal officials to spread awareness about the proposed route.

The Energy Department said it expects to publish a draft environmental impact statement in fall 2013.

For more information and to submit comments on the project, go to

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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