When a transmission developer considers routes for its new transmission project, it's like playing Russian Roulette. Drawing a line on a map selects a random cross-section of society to sacrifice their property and well-being for benefit of the rest of us. Because transmission developers favor paralleling existing transmission corridors to expand rights of way, the same individuals are often forced to sacrifice again and again.
In the random cross-section of society are all sorts of people with all sorts of personalities, experiences and skills. This random group of people, who may never have met each other but for the transmission project, come together. Personalities mesh, and a shuffling takes place that creates a hierarchy. And the opposition group is born.
New leaders who may have never spent more than a moment thinking about energy wade boldly into the confusing, acronym-laden world of electric transmission. Each member of the opposition finds their niche. Someone becomes the blogger, the information clearinghouse, the internet Paul Revere. They share the information they find. Their thirst for information is constant, because, in this game, information is power.
And now Clean Line's Plains and Eastern transmission project, a 750-mile merchant line from Oklahoma's panhandle to Memphis, Tennessee, has become the star of the new Block Plains and Eastern Clean Line: Pope, Johnson, Newton, & Conway Co. Blog.
The blog will feature news and updates about the project and its opposition, along with thoughtful commentary and opinion.
Great writers, great thoughts! Check it out!