Clay County residents not happy with new power linesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you've driven to the Twin Cities lately you've probably seen the large power line under construction along I-94. Now that project is moving into Clay County and some are not happy how close it will be to their homes and businesses.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you've driven to the Twin Cities lately you've probably seen the large power line under construction along I-94. Now that project is moving into Clay County and some are not happy how close it will be to their homes and businesses.
It's another busy day at Country Classic Cabinets just a few miles northwest of Barnesville. Just outside, the CapX2020 power line is about to be built. This new shelter belt of 120 trees is scheduled to be bull dozed this month.
Derek Syverson, Owner Country Classic Cabinets: “I just have a feeling they could have went somewhere else or they could have worked with us a little bit more.”
Just north of the shelter belt is an empty field.
Syverson: “They come in and they pretty much tell you, this is the way it goes. They kind of intimidate you in a way.”
And this is not just his business it's his home.
Syverson: “So yeah, a young guy, I want to start a family someday here, and young kids. I mean this is the yard to play in.”
We've heard from farmer that said they shouldn't refuel their tractors under the power line and Syverson is concerned that his exhaust system will come out right where the line passes through.
But the lines route will is within the legal distance and Excel energy who building it said they tried to move it further north.
Dan Noreen, Agassiz Valley Grain: “He was seeking to move it into his neighbor’s property and his neighbor wasn't interested in that, so it did stay on the alignment that the PUC eventually approved.”
Just a few miles away at the Agassiz Valley Grain elevator, the power line route is interfering with their expansion plans.
It basically uses up the land from the side track that we own here for no more expansion in the future.
The line will pass just north of their buildings.
Generally the public sees things like industrial uses, grain elevators and businesses as being compatible with things like power lines as opposed to things we should stay away from.
And just north of the highway is a wildlife refuge that the state does not want crossed by the line. Excel Energy says the final placement of the line in Clay County was decided by the state public utilities commission after hearings were held along the route.
In North Dakota, some residents in Pleasant township near Oxbow have filed a lawsuit over the route in Cass County.