Mason, TX - The Texas Hill Country Heritage Association (THCHA), formed by local citizens to oppose the construction of the new LCRA CREZ electric transmission line, will hold its first membership meeting Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center located at 1024 McKinley Avenue, Mason, Texas. The public is encouraged to attend and join our efforts to protect our community.
The proposed power line will plow through Menard, Mason and Gillespie Counties and be a part of nearly 3000 miles of new electric transmission lines scheduled to be built in Texas by the end of 2013.
"We will have several guest speakers who will inform our members about what can be done to fight this land grab," stated Lee Lasater, chairman of the THCHA. THCHA will assist landowners and elected officials in formulating a plan of action that no one else in the Hill Country can match. "We intend to stop this thing through our county," stated County Judge Jerry Bearden. "With the help of THCHA and American Stewards of Liberty, we have formed a local planning commission under the Local Government Code that will give us the unprecedented ability to protect our community right here at the local level," Bearden continued.
"The urgency to expand the electrical grid system under the banner of delivering renewable "green" energy from West Texas and the Panhandle to the heavily populated urban areas is creating considerable opposition from a wide variety of interests," said Brent Hinckley, mayor of Mason, Texas. Landowners, environmental groups, politicians, bureaucrats, state regulators, lawyers, lobbyists and a variety of other parties have all been brought into this fight as well. The Western Business Roundtable (www.westenrroundtable.com) recently reported that private landowners, political groups, lawsuits by environmental groups, and federal land managers, who oppose the use of "their" public lands, are proving to be the largest impediments to the expansion of the transmission grid.
"Everyone with a vested interest in Mason County, whether directly or indirectly, will ultimately be affected by LCRA’s recommendations and PUC’s final decision in this matter," said Lasater.
The mission of the THCHA is to protect private property and the environment through research, education, publications and programs; identify pertinent community issues; inform the public; motivate citizens to respond; and to encourage and enhance the role of local governments.