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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 • Posted October 28, 2009

Dan Barton

2568 Streeter LN.

Mason TX 76856

Don Rutz

Gate 10 Ranch

Mason TX 76856

Oct. 21, 2009

To: Mr. Barry Smitherman, Chairman

Public Utility Commission of Texas

Austin, TX

Chairman Smitherman,

The original rationale used by the Clear View Alliance, Inc. to promote a route for the LCRA/CREZ through Mason County was that their proposed route followed an existing 138 kilovolt line, and because proposed routes through Kimble County did not follow existing rights of way or utility easements. We have discovered substantial factual errors in these claims, and ask the Commission to immediately reconsider their directive to the Lower Colorado River Authority to create a CREZ route through Mason County.

We have discovered that the Clear View Alliance proposed route does not follow any existing 138 kilovolt line in Mason County. On all maps they have provided to local newspapers, and on their web site, and on Exhibit A of the Kimble County resolution endorsing this route, and, we assume, on maps provided to the Commission, their proposed route follows a much smaller 69 kilovolt transmission line. Their maps neither show nor follow an existing 138 kilovolt line in Mason County.

We have also discovered that the original routes planned through Kimble County by the LCRA follow existing rights of way and utility easements whenever possible, contrary to assertions by the Clear View Alliance. Rights of way and easements including pipeline easements in place for as long as eighty years were used conscientiously.

Because of these substantial factual errors in materials provided to the Commission and to the public, we ask the Commission to immediately direct the Lower Colorado River Authority to end its consideration of any route through Mason County for the CREZ transmission line.

Sincerely,

Dan Barton

Don Rutz

Cc:

Senator Hutchison

Judge Bearden

Mason County News

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