Target: Pat Pope, President and CEO of Nebraska Public Power District
Goal: Stop plans to build a electrical transmission line through a natural landmark and crucial wildlife habitat
The Nebraska Public Power District has proposed a 220-mile transmission line, which will bisect a sensitive prairie and sand dune habitat. Known as the Sandhills, this area is unique and provides habitat for a variety of migrating birds. The transmission line, referred to as the R-Project, will affect landowners, farms, cattle, and wildlife. Right now is the time for public comment on the line. Take action now to protect the Sandhills from degradation by the construction and operation of this invasive transmission line.
The 345,000-volt transmission line will cost $328 million. The line is meant to increase electricity transmission, especially to get power to other states, and also make the area more suitable for renewable wind energy. However, the hazards related to land welfare and wildlife are more of a concern for environmentalists than the prospect of renewables. Although the line does not have a finalized route, the preferred route crosses the North and South Platte rivers. These rivers are crucial migratory bird habitat for such species like duck, geese, swan, and whooping crane. Six hundred thousand Sandhill whooping cranes rely on this habitat during their migration every year. The biggest concern about the line, in regards to wildlife, relates to the fact that the birds will be at risk of running into the line and any wind turbines associated with the line.
Not only will the operation of the line pose a great risk to habitat but also its construction. Local citizens fear the fragile ecosystem of Sandhills is not cut out for constant traffic needed for construction and maintenance. The transmission line will have an impact on this sensitive area and its wildlife. By signing this petition, you urging the Nebraska Public Power District to redirect its transmission line route away from the Sandhills area.
Dear President Pope,
The Sandhills area is a precious yet sensitive area of Nebraska. Full of grasslands and sand dunes, a variety of wildlife call this place home. However, the integrity and habitat of this fragile land are threatened by the R-Project transmission line. The line’s current route is proposed to bisect through Sandhills. The line’s construction and operation will hurt this ecosystem. Migratory birds regularly populate this area of Nebraska and the presence of this transmission line could increase deaths in these species from collision with the line.
I urge you to please take action to redirect the route of the transmission line to avoid the Sandhills area. Construction and continued maintenance of the line will destroy the habitat. Nebraska’s wild depends on you.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: USFWS Mountain-Prairie via Flickr