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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 • Posted July 21, 2010

From: Matt Hey

To:

barry.smitherman@puc.state.tx.us; sara.morgenroth@lcra.org ;troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us ; harvey.hilderbran@house.state.tx.us

Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:29 AM

Subject: PUC Docket 37049

July 14, 2010

Dear Mr. Smitherman,

As a 6th generation Mason County landowner, I am strongly opposed to the construction and routing of these massive transmission lines through any part of the sacred and beautiful Texas Hill Country. Taking into consideration all of the problems, questions and concerns regarding the reliability, efficiency and long term future of wind generated power, I first ask that you carefully reconsider whether it is truly necessary to forever disrupt lives and scar and clutter some of the most pristine and beautiful part of Texas with something that may soon become obsolete and or be replaced by more efficient and reliable sources of producing energy.

If abandoning the project altogether is not an option, I then ask that you carefully consider routing these lines where the environmental and economical damage will be most minimized. I am strongly opposed to the routing of these lines through the Menard-Mason-Gillespie County route. Mason County, in particular, is rich with history and heritage and also contains some of the most pristine and untarnished landscape of all of the Texas Hill Country counties. Many people also rely on and derive a significant portion of their incomes from what these assets offer. Please take into consideration that it is not only the local population and landowners that will be affected and adamantly opposed to this particular route but also the many tourist and visitors that come from all over, specifically for the serenity and solitude that this area offers. Friends, guest, visitors and hunters etc, (just to mention a few), when asked, all say that their primary reason for coming to Mason County is to escape the reminders and clutter of the urban areas.

Soon there will be no more of these serene areas if we do not get a grip and start containing the clutter to areas that are already tarnished and quit scattering it all over our state.

Please carefully consider, before choosing this route, the potential consequences and permanent damage and scarring this will cause to one of the few remaining untarnished areas of the Texas Hill Country and the total number of people that will ultimately be affected besides just the local population.

Sincerely,

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