Power Line In Ozarks Prompts Firestorm

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 12:00 am  

Swepco was ordered earlier this month to drop three alternative routes — Nos. 62, 86 and 91 — from its request. That leaves preferred route No. 33 and alternates Nos. 108 and 109 on the table. Opponents fear the lines could threaten attractions like Thorncrown Chapel (inset.) (BMcD, ESRI/Arkansas Parks & Tourism)

Many of Eureka Springs' 2,100 residents have found common ground in their opposition to a proposed $116.7 million upgrade to a regional power line that will run about 50 miles through portions of Carroll and Benton counties.

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