The State Office of Administrative Hearings and the Administrative Law Judge issued their Proposal for Decision last Friday. Their proposal goes to the PUC and the final decision where the transmission line is going to be built will be made in mid January.
The ALJ’s recommended the staff’s MK-15 route which is a modified route that parallels I-10 for much of it’s length, but avoids Junction and Kerrville. Not only did the ALJ’s not recommend the P-Line, but favored not using the northern route through Mason County. I quote:
" The P-Line routes are disfavored by LCRA, Staff, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). They are longer than many of the routes, perform poor environmentally, and are expensive. Although they parallel an existing 138-kV transmission line, that line is on wooden pole, H frame structures. Much of the easement under that line has significant shrubbery and growth, and is not a ROW that is as compatible with a 345-kV line as I-10. For those reasons, the P-Lines are not recommended."
This is great for Mason County and the P-Line Interveners, but the final decision must still be made by the PUC. Exceptions to the PFD and replies to the exceptions will be filed by December 30.
The push goes on to protect ourselves from being blind sided by politicians outside of this process. Things continue to go our way and look great at this time. If you want to read the full document it can be found on the PUC Interchange.
For more information, contact Ron Crocker (325-347-6378), Lee McMillan (325-347-6683) or Lee Lasater (325-347-9400).