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Wednesday, August 4, 2010 • Posted August 4, 2010

Great News; the LCRA"s preferred route is not the P-Line that runs through Mason County. We made our opposition known and the LCRA listened. The tough news is that we can still be chosen as the final route. In the history of the CREZ line process the initial preferred route has never been picked.

LCRA will now present its case for the preferred route to the Administrative Law Judge in Austin. Landowners will present their case for not crossing their land and suggest alternative routes. Once the Administrative Law Judge has heard all arguments he will make recommendations to the Public Utility Commission and they will choose the final route. This process will take six months.

Patty Myrick and Lee McMillan are matching LCRA’s published list of P-Line landowners with P-Line Intervention Funds Association participants. This list will be forwarded to Kay Trostle, our intervention attorney in Austin. Interveners' names have to be submitted by the end of the month to have standing before the Administrative Law Judge. This needs to be completed as soon as possible, please contact Lee McMillan’s office at 325-347-6683 for further information.

The Texas Hill Country Heritage Association will continue to help direct and coordinate all of the various efforts to stop this power-line.

Terry Pluenneke was nominated and elected to serve as a director on the THCHA, Terry will head up a public relations and media campaign to make sure our cause is heard in Austin. THCHA continues its efforts to communicate with politicians and organizations involved in the decision making process. THCHA is looking to broaden its support from organized environmental groups in helping plan a sound environmental strategy defense. If you have contacts politically or environmentally please call Ron Crocker at 325-347-6378.

The Sub-regional Planning Commission continues its efforts to insure that state and federal agencies comply with all local, state and federal requirements in their consideration of a final route. Their aggressive public information campaign will continue. Noticed landowners with endangered species habitat, historical, geological or archeological features, please contact THCHA. All information will be kept confidential and used only for intervention purposes. We need your rock fences to block this power-line. Previous letters etc. will suffice but need to be resubmitted as evidence, only evidence presented during the intervention will be processed.

Landowners make sure your legal rights are represented in Austin. Join the P-Line Intervention Association Fund and help your neighbors close the book on this bureaucratic travesty. The Fight Goes On. Contact TCHCA at 325-347-9400, Ron Crocker 325-347-6378, Lee McMillan 325-347-6683, Lee Lasater 325-347-9400 or go to www.thcha.org. You can e-mail us at info@thcha.org.

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