Controversy Continues Over Transmission Lines

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 27, 2009
But Karen Mills with the California Farm Bureau Federation says the subject isn’t dead.    

“There’s interest being reflected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company in trying to access renewable power from British Columbia and Canada. Project proponents are loathed to put infrastructure of this type over existing buildings and structures. And that’s one reason why ag land gets hit so hard."

Earlier this month, the Transmission Agency of Northern California pulled the plug on a plan to build 600-miles of high-voltage electric lines from Lassen County to Sacramento and the Bay Area.

Farm advocates opposed the plan. But agency officials said the lines are necessary to tap potential renewable energy sources.