First it was the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, now talk of a 220-mile power transmission line across the Sandhills in western Nebraska is drawing opposition from environmental groups.
Nebraska Public Power District officials will discuss the preferred route they have developed for the power line at public meetings this week. Project backers say the new line would boost wind power development in Nebraska and strengthen the electric transmission network in the region.
Rancher Dave Hutchinson says he's especially worried about damage that could be caused to the sandy soil during construction. NPPD spokesman Mark Becker says the utility has experience doing construction work in the Sandhills and will repair any damage.