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Mon December 6, 2010

Power Struggle over Power Lines

Muskogee, OK – Muskogee meeting set over power line proposals

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Proposals for power-line installation paths in eastern Oklahoma will be the subject of a meeting on Tuesday in Muskogee.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that Oklahoma Gas and Electric sent out about 3,000 letters to eastern Oklahoma residents who could be affected by the construction of the high-voltage lines along the 125-mile route from a power plant near Konawa in Seminole County to a generating station east of Muskogee.

OG&E spokesman Brian Alford says the power-line construction is not strictly that company's project. He says projects like the one proposed are coordinated by the Southwest Power Pool, a nonprofit company that manages a nine-state electricity grid that carries power from 56 utilities.

Alford says OG&E would like to avoid using eminent domain to take land for the project.

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Information from: Muskogee Phoenix, http://www.muskogeephoenix.com

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