In response to Dan Barton's letter last week I think there are a few issues that need to be clarified.
1. The current filing date for LCRA to file the McCamey D to Kendall application is July 28, 2010.
2. Each proposed route will be opposed by the communities that are affected, as it should be.
3. THCHA was organized to oppose the route through Mason County as well as future threats to our community. THCHA has been the driving force to provide information and organize the Community effort.
4. American Stewards of Liberty is a private property rights organization that has a long history of helping landowners and Communities threatened by the unwelcome taking of private property. Dan and Margaret Byfield and Mike Dail have been invaluable in helping organize and assist the MSRPC (subregional planning commission) in carrying out their duty of insisting that the LCRA follow Federal and State law in planning and building the 345KV power line.
5. THCHA has contributed $20,000 to American Stewards to help defray a part of the cost to advise and assist with strategy for the MSRPC. Several individuals in Mason have also made contributions to help defray their expenses. These dollars represent only a fraction of the cost of the services Mason has received.
6. THCHA nor MSRPC will be involved in the Intervention action. This is a legal defense that may only be filed by affected landowners. Ron Crocker, Lee Lasiter, Patti Myrick, and I have been working to bring the affected landowners together and have a unified defense against the line through Menard, Mason and Gillespie counties. We are all involved with THCHA but this is not a THCHA action. If any affected landowners have not been contacted I invite you to contact one of us and we will explain the P Line Intervention Association.
7. Regardless of the primary route chosen by LCRA the fight is not over. The primary route is chosen by the PUC as "The Route" less than half the time. We need your financial support, your letters and contacts with individuals affiliated with the system.
The defense of Mason has been an evolving process that is based on public support, Coordination to insure the laws are followed, and finally Legal Intervention by the affected landowners.