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Proposed power line riles Sandusky County farmers

Tom Jackson • Mar 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM

First Energy's plan to run a new power transmission line through Sandusky and Erie counties threatens a historic farm with two bald eagle nests, critics say.

And it's not just the eagles whose feathers are ruffled over the project. Sandusky County farmers who live in the transmission line's possible path believe they haven't been kept informed about the project, an Ohio Farm Bureau official says.

The Hayes-West Fremont Transmission Project calls for building a 138 kilovolt line to run about 30 miles in an east-west direction, from an existing West Fremont Substation to a planned new Hayes Substation in Erie County.

Several proposed routes are being discussed, and a final decision on a route hasn't been made, said Patti Michel, a First Energy spokeswoman.

A First Energy fact sheet says the company will apply to the Ohio Power Siting Board in mid-2013 with a plan for the line. A date for the application has not been set, Michel said. 


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